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The following events highlight various acts of negligence and the impact of negligence on our friends, family and community. Our thoughts are with the victims of these tragic events:


April 9, 2017 - Ft. Worth, Texas
25-year-old Ariel Santos, was tragically killed after crashing into a tanker truck in Fort Worth, Texas Sunday. According to authorities, the car crashed into the back of the truck around 4:15 a.m. in the 5000 block of Mark IV Parkway, and ended up underneath the rear of the truck. This tragic event demonstrates the importance of trucking companies to properly install safety bars which prohibit cars from being traveling under the rear of the truck. Our thoughts are with the family of Ariel Santos.

April 8, 2017 - Dallas, Texas
A 26-year-old Dallas man, Roland Scott Moreno, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after getting into a crash that killed his girlfriend Jessica Sun. Reports allege that the couple had been drinking at a bar prior to the wreck. This highlights the importance of holding bars and restaurants accountable for over-serving patrons to the point of danger. Texas Dram Shop laws are designed to hold bars accountable for such actions. Our thoughts are with the victim of this tragic event.

April 7, 2017 - Aspermont, Texas
Reports claim that a truck driver caused a three vehicle collision on US-380 after rear-ending a pickup truck stopped for traffic. The fatal event, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, led to the death of 69-year old Stephen Lloyd Fitts, of Spur, Texas. Reports claim that Stephen Fitts’ Toyota pickup truck was stopped in the eastbound lane of Highway 380, behind a fracking truck attempting a left turn onto U.S. 83 northbound, when a Peterbuilt tractor trailer failed to stop and crashed into the rear of Stephen Lloyd Fitts’ truck, sending it into the back of the fracking rig, and erupting the Toyota in flames.

Stephen Lloyd Fitts was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. The driver of the fracking truck, Gerry Don Rudolph, of Graham, Texas, was taken to Aspermont Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Michael Vaughan Marley, the driver of the Peterbuilt, was treated and released.

April 6, 2017 - Abilene, Texas
Tragically, just south of Dyess Air Force Base in Taylor County, according to the Texas DPS, Jeanelle Plowman, 81, was driving and her husband, Edwin Lee Plowman, 85, was the passenger, when they were hit by a freightliner garbage truck. It is reported that the couple were driving eastbound on CR 318 in their 2015 GMC pickup, when they struck by the garbage truck which was exiting a private driveway. Tragically killed in the crash was 85 year old Edwin Lee Plowman,  of Abilene. He was pronounced dead at Abilene Regional Medical Center where his wife was being treated for injuries. The Plowman friends and family are in our prayers.

April 5, 2017 - Lumberton, Texas
Twenty-four people, including 23 fourth-graders, were sent to Southeast Texas hospitals after an accident involving their school bus, a pickup truck and an 18-wheeler.  The Wednesday afternoon crash occurred on U.S. 69 in Lumberton, 15 miles north of Beaumont, as the Beaumont school district bus was transporting 44 Charlton-Pollard Elementary School students and four adults back to school from a Big Thicket field trip. Beaumont school district spokeswoman Nakisha Burns says one student was airlifted to a trauma hospital in Houston. Our thoughts are with these children and the staff of Beaumont ISD.  

April 5, 2017 - Dallas, Texas
A motorcyclist has tragically died after a crash involving a Hummer in west Oak Cliff late Wednesday. Ramiro Rivera, 33, was driving south on South Westmoreland Road about 11:15 p.m. when reports claim the driver of the Hummer failed to yield while turning left onto West Illinois Avenue, Dallas police spokeswoman Melinda Gutierrez reports. Rivera crashed into the front of the Hummer, which threw him off the motorcycle. He died at the scene.  The name of the 29-year-old Hummer driver was not released. We are praying for the victims of this tragic event.

April 4, 2017 - Hereford, Texas
A two-vehicle crash on US-385 in Deaf Smith County occurred, sadly, resulting in the death of two people. The accident occurred at 9:30 a.m., Kenneth Bernal, 20, of Hereford was driving a truck tractor, pulling a semi-trailer, south on US-385 approximately 14 miles north of Hereford. Michael Betzold, 64, of Liberal, Kan., was driving a truck tractor (no trailer) northbound on US-385. The truck tractor began to hydro-plane on the wet roadway, causing Betzold to lose control of the vehicle. The truck tractor slid into the southbound lane of travel and collided into the truck tractor/semi-trailer, driven by Bernal. Bernal was ejected from the vehicle on impact. Sadly, Bernal and Betzold were pronounced dead on scene by Deaf Smith County Justice of the Peace Karen Boren. The familes of all involved are in our thoughts.

April 3, 2017 - Odessa, Texas
Dolores Ma Esparza, 51, from Odessa, was driving a 2006 Hyundai Elantra, when she died as a result of a three-vehicle collision that happened on eastbound I-20, about a mile west of Odessa. The driver of 1996 Ford Crown Victoria, Tyssius Thomas, of Fort Worth, was heading west on I-20 then crossed the center median and entered the eastbound lanes of the busy highway. The collision happened at mile marker 111, the DPS reported. Thomas’ vehicle collided into the back of a 2017 Dodge pickup that was driven by a 45-year-old Odessa man. Thomas collided head-on into the Hyundai driven by Esparza. Esparza was pronounced dead at the scene and Thomas was taken to Medical Center Hospital where he also died.  The third driver of the Dodge pickup was Rogelio Hernandez, 45, of Odessa, according to DPS.  Our thoughts are with all involved.

April 2, 2017 - Odessa, Texas
There was a fiery head-on collision that occurred on NW Loop 338 in Ector County, sadly claiming the lives of four people. Christopher Soliz, 30,was driving a 2008 Ford F-250 northbound on Northwest Loop 338 when he lost control and entered the southbound lane and collided with Calistro Carrillo, 35, who was driving a 2016 Dodge pick-up towing a cargo trailer. Soliz and Carrillo were pronounced dead at the scene.  Two of Soliz’s passengers,  Elizabeth Navarette, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene, and the 8-year-old girl, whose name was not released, died at Medical Center Hospital. The two other passengers in Soliz’s vehicle were injured during the wreck, a 2-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl, both of Odessa.

March 28, 2017 - Spur, Texas
Three storm chasers were instantly killed when their vehicles collided at a rural crossroads during severe West Texas storms on Tuesday. The crash happened at a intersection near Spur, a town located about 55 miles southeast of Lubbock. Tornadoes had been reported nearby at the time of the crash and heavy rain had been reported in the area, according to the National Weather Service.  Reports claim that the three storm chasers killed were Kelley Gene Williamson, 57, and Randall Delane Yarnall, 55, both of Cassville, Missouri, and Corbin Lee Jaeger, 25, of Peoria, Arizona. DPS Sgt. John Gonzalez said the Chevrolet Suburban driven by Williamson ran a stop sign and slammed into the Jeep driven by Yarnall with Jaeger as passenger.  This tragic event highlights how the negligence of a driver can often intersection with the negligence of employers, who sometimes place their employees in harms way to the detriment of their own staff. We pray for these victims and their families.

March 29, 2017 - Uvalde County, Texas Bus Crash

It is a another sad day in Uvalde County, as the death toll has risen to thirteen (13) following a crash that killed 13 and left two others injured in Uvalde County Wednesday afternoon, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety officials. Sadly, a group of seniors from the First Baptist Church in New Braunfels were involved, as church officials have confirmed. The head-on crash between the truck and small van occurred on Highway 83 near Garner State Park in Concan.  Our prayers are with this church and the community of Uvalde County.

March 26, 2017 - McAllen, Texas Pedestrian Fatality
A 61-year-old man was tragically killed while walking, after being struck by an alleged drunk driver. Elena Cristal Cavazos, 23, allegedly left the scene of the accident, was later located and apprehended, then charged with intoxication manslaughter. If it is determined that Ms. Cavazos was, in fact, intoxicated as charged, there is a possibility that she is individually negligent, and any bar, restaurant, or individual who may have participated in over-serving her to the point of excessive intoxication, can likewise be held liable under the Texas Dram Shop laws. Our thoughts are with the family of this innocent victim of drunk driving.

March 24, 2017 - Mt. Pleasant, Texas Tragic School Bus Crash
Our hearts are broken for this East Texas community, who are mourning the loss of their assistant girls’ track coach, who died following a collision with a semi-trailer. The tragic wreck occurred around 10:30 pm on Highway 271 in Titus County. It was reported by The Texas Department of Public Safety that the semitrailer was traveling north on 271 while a Mount Pleasant Independent School District was coming from the other direction.

Reports further established that the bus was followed by another passenger vehicle driven by the girls’ track coach. When the truck traveled onto the southbound lane, it struck both the school bus and the passenger vehicle. Both the semi driver and the driver of the passenger car were tragically killed in the crash. It is further reported that the bus driver and coach from Mount Pleasant High School, was critically injured, and around 19 students were transported for hospital care, including 4 seriously injured passengers and 15 with minor or non-life threatening injuries.
 
In an event such as this, involving multiple claimants and potentially limited insurance coverage for the extensive damages involved, it is important that those individuals and families who were affected by this tragic event seek counsel who understands the process of invoking under-insured motorist coverage, and processing multiple claims through all potential avenues of insurance recovery.
         
March 24, 2017 -  Port Aransas, Texas Drunk Driving Fatality
Twenty (20) year old Brandon Phelps was tragically struck and killed in the 1400 block of 11th Street of Port Aransas, Texas.  Forty-seven (47) year old Jason Howard Auvenshire, allegedly left the scene, only to return later, while police were investigating the incident, and is accused of driving while intoxicated. As it was determined that Mr. Auvenshire was intoxicated, he has been charged with intoxication manslaughter. Tragic cases such as this highlight the importance of holding drunk drivers such as Mr. Auvenshire, and anyone who may have contributed in serving him alcohol to the point of over-intoxication, accountable for their actions. Our hearts are with the Phelps family.    
  
March 22, 2017 - Odessa, Texas Automobile Accident
Thirty (30) year old Elvia Soto-Castaneda and four minor children were hospitalized following a rear end collision of their Chevy Malibu car, by the driver of a Freightliner tractor-trailer, who was speeding and failed to maintain a safe speed. The severity of the impact caused the Chevy Malibu to collide with a GMC Sierra vehicle. Fortunately, it is reported that the GMC Sierra occupants survived without injury. This double impact had the potential for severe and life threatening injuries. The wreck happened in southeast Odessa, around the intersection of I-20 and Grandview Avenue.

The Freightliner truck was occupied by 3 adults–the driver, 28-year-old Irving Dominguez, and his two passengers: Jesus Santiestaban (26) and Juan Arzate (23). Irving Dominguez was arrested by responding officers for Driving While License Invalid with Prior Convictions, a Class B misdemeanor. Police released information about the occupants of all the vehicles involved in the collision.  This tragedy highlights the necessity to hold trucking companies, as well as their drivers, accountable for negligence which causes damages to innocent people.

March 20, 2017 - San Antonio, Texas Bus Accident
We are saddened by this tragic accident, which occurred when a school bus was stopped, and the parents of a 6-year-old child was attempting to catch the bus when a potentially negligent truck driver tragically struck the child. Reports state that this happened in the 4700 block of East Houston Street in San Antonio, Texas.  This tragedy demonstrates how seemingly innocent events of our day can turn tragic when drivers fail to pay proper attention, or fail to maintain speed or control of their vehicles. Our thoughts go out to this family.

March 18, 2017 - Dallas, Texas Drunk Driving Fatality
Reports claim that Rachel Spelman, 23, was killed when she was tragically struck by alleged drunk driver, John Adrian Esparza, 38, in the 2200 block of Cedar Springs Road in Dallas, Texas. Reports further claim that Mr. Esparza fled the scene, but was later apprehended by authorities. If it is determined that Mr. Esparza had been over-served by a bar, restaurant, or other party, these events could be subject to the Texas Dram Shop laws, exposing the party who over-served him for potential liability, in addition to the clear liability of Mr. Esparza, for the loss of this innocent victim’s life.  This tragedy highlights the necessity for the Texas Dram Shop laws, which seek to hold negligent parties accountable when their reckless behavior contributes to the death of an innocent victim such as Rachel Spelman.

March 14, 2017 - Austin, Texas
Tragically, 53 year-old Charlie Bunton Jr. was struck and killed at approximately 11:40 p.m. in the westbound lanes of East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, near Scottsdale Road on March 14, 2017. Reports claim that Mr. Bunton was riding alone when struck by 38 year-old Joshua Brosemer, who was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. Our thoughts are with the family of Charlie Bunton Jr.

March 12, 2017  – Dallas, Texas
We were deeply saddened by the events caused by Elie Kelly, 43, who was charged with intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter following a wreck that tragically killed an innocent 18-year-old, and injured two others. The tragedy happened in the 2400 block of West Camp Wisdom Road in Dallas, Texas, when a vehicle was attemping to turn, when Elie Kelly sped through the intersection and struck the vehicle, leading to the tragic death of Patrick Henry.

March 6, 2017 - Van Horn, Culberson County, Texas
Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety report that two men were killed and three more were seriously injured when a tractor-trailer collided with a traffic control truck on I-10 in Culberson County, Texas. The accident occurred approximately twelve (12) miles east of the city of Van Horn, Texas. Reports state that the westbound 18-wheeler was driven by 24 year-old Muzaffar Ummatov, who reported crashed with an unoccupied Ford pickup truck hauling a trailer, causing it to crash into the workers’ traffic control truck, and ultimately sending it into the workers near the vehicle. The victims were reportedly contracted by the Department of Public Safety to perform repairs to the Interstate. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, but this tragedy highlights the interplay between on-the-job injury claims and claims for third-party negligence.

March 1, 2017 – El Paso, Texas Pedestrian Fatality
On March 1st, around 1:45 a.m., reports state that alleged drunken driver Lorenzo Anchondo drove his vehicle onto a sidewalk, while attempting a left turn near the Cincinnati Entertainment District, when his vehicle struck a stop sign. Tragically, the impact caused the sign to fall on Pedestrian Del Sol Medical Center nurse, Xiaoyan Shi, who was waiting at the corner to cross. Ms. Shi died at the scene from her injuries, and Anchondo has been charged with intoxication manslaughter. We mourn this tragic event and hold the family of Xiaoyan Shi in our thoughts.

February 25, 2017  – Lubbock, Texas Fatality
We share in the grief for the loss of 30 year-old Maggie Davidson, who fell victim to alleged drunk driver, Shani Nichols, a 32 year-old, who allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Indiana and 34th Street in Lubbock, Texas, around 2:40 a.m. Following this tragic death of Maggie Davidson, Shani Nichols was charged with intoxication manslaughter. This negligence calls into question who, if anyone, may have contributed in over-serving Shani Nichols to the point that such a poor lapse in judgment would lead to the loss of life of an innocent victim.

February 19, 2017 – San Antonio, Texas
Tragically, 24 year-old Ariza Marie Gomez was killed in San Antonio, Texas, in the vicinity of the Walmart parking lot on Pecan Valley. Reports indicate that the truck in which Ms. Gomez was a passenger, ran over a median island and hit a tree. Upon exiting the truck following the impact, she was fatally hit by another driver. Police suspected the second motorist of driving while intoxicated. May the family of Ariza Marie Gomez find peace and comfort during this tragic time.


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