Reports coming out of Tyler, Texas state that Tyler Steven Galpin, 19, of Whitehouse was involved in a fatal head-on collision. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 7:30 AM on Highway 69 North and County Road 427. Police believe that Galpin was driving a 1995 Buick Century and he was driving north on the highway. Monica Cook, of Lindale, was driving south in a 2005 Nissan Titan. Though the cause of the accident is unknown, we know that Cook and Galpin collided head-on. Galpin died from the injuries he sustained in the accident, while Cook, along with her two children, Kathin, 16, and Paige, 11, were taken to the hospital. They are reported to be in stable condition. We wonder what may have been the cause of the accident. Perhaps this was a case of distracted driving or perhaps one of the drivers was attempting to pass a car on the road and did so unsafely.
Corpus Christi Chief of Police Floyd Simpson was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident in Port Aransas, Texas. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 5:30 PM on Texas State Highway 361. Simpson was heading south on the highway when a Ford truck, driven by a 16-year old, that was driving north swerved into the southbound lanes. Simpson attempted to avoid the truck and hit his head against the pavement. Though he was wearing a helmet, it flew off and he died from the impact. It is unknown as of yet why the driver of the truck swerved into the opposite lanes. We wonder if this was a case of distracted driving or if there was a vehicle malfunction.
Reports coming out of Grimes County state that Alexis Emmou, 22, of Killeen, Texas and Corinthia Cunningham-Williams, 22, of Brookshire, Texas were involved in a fatal single-car accident. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 1 AM on FM 244, near Carlos, Texas. The driver, Emmou, was driving at a high speed and turned a curve at that unsafe speed, causing the car to go off the road and crash into a tree. Emmou and Cunningham-Williams both died at the scene of the accident, while two others in the vehicle were taken to the hospital. One of the passengers, Tyra Preston, 20, of Houston, was reported to be in stable condition but the other passenger, Rene Contreras, 20, of Kyle, was in critical condition.
Reports coming out of Weslaco, Texas state that an accident occurred between a vehicle and a school bus. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 11:30 PM near the Texas Boulevard overpass. A PSJA ISD school bus with eighteen students was heading back from Brownsville when it collided with a truck. The bus was behind the truck when the latter suddenly stopped in the middle of the highway. The bus driver did not have enough time to react and rear-ended the truck. Fortunately, nobody was injured.
Reports coming out of Forney, Texas state that four individuals were injured in a head-on collision. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 8:45 PM on U.S. Highway 80 near Broad Street. Reports state that one of the cars was travelling west on the eastbound lanes of the highway when it collided with the second car head-on. It is unclear as to why the accident occurred. We wonder if this might have been a case of distracted driving or if the driver was attempting to pass another vehicle or avoiding an obstacle in the road.
Vincent Ireland, a 17-year old student at Saginaw High School, was involved in a fatal car accident in Saginaw, Texas. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 9 PM on the 900 block of East McLeroy Boulevard. The cause of the accident is unknown, but reports state that that the car hit a utility pole and cut the car in half. It should also be noted that it was raining at the time of the accident, which may be a factor in the accident. Ireland was in the back of the car and died from the injuries he sustained in the accident. The three others in the car were injured, but not seriously. We wonder if the cause of the accident was due to the weather. Perhaps the car hydroplaned, left the road, and crashed into the pole.
Reports coming out of Houston, Texas state that a 6-year old boy and a man were allegedly both killed in two drunk driving incidents caused by the same man. According to law enforcement, the first accident occurred at about 3:30 PM in the 6600 block of Fannin. Blaine T. Boudreaux was driving a Dodge 1500 pick-up truck when he allegedly hit another car. Inside the car were two people, one of them being Carmen Esparza, and a 2-year old. These individuals were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. However, about three hours later, Boudreaux hit Leonard Batiste in the 4400 block of the Texas 5 Spur, near the University of Houston. Boudreaux did not stop to render and assist and instead drove on. He allegedly passed out at a red light in the 1400 block of Lockwood and East Freeway. He was woken by the honking of another driver and subsequently ran the light and collided with a Honda Civic head-on. The two individuals in the Honda, a mother and a child were hospitalized. The mother is critically injured while the child, 6-year old Joshua Medrano died from the injuries he sustained in the incident. He was arrested for intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid.
Reports coming out of Temple, Texas state that Derrick Davis, 19, of Houston was involved in a fatal car accident. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 3 AM near Southeast HK Dodgen Loop and Highway 95. Police believe that Davis, the driver of the vehicle, a Nissan SUV was driving west on the highway when the car veered off the road and rolled over. There were two other passengers in the car, a 19-year old woman and a 21-year old man, who were hospitalized with non-critical injuries. However, Davis was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unclear as to why the car drifted off the road and rolled over. We wonder if this was a case of distracted driving or if there was a vehicle malfunction.
Reports coming out of Midland, Texas state that Jason Wayne Pope was involved in a fatal accident. Law enforcement believes that the accident occurred at about 3:30 AM on I-20. Police believe that Pope was driving a Chevrolet Silverado east on the south service road of the highway when he collided head-on with a GMC Sierra that was driving west. The driver and the passenger of the GMC were taken to the hospital with non-critical injuries, but Pope was killed from the injuries he sustained in the accident. Police also believe that Pope was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. It is unclear as to the exact reason for the accident. Perhaps one of the drivers veered into the other lane and collided head-on with the other vehicle. If this was the case, we wonder if the reason for this action was due to a vehicle malfunction. Perhaps one of the drivers could not see the other because of the early time of day.
Reports coming out of Chilton, Texas state Albert Patrick Garrett of Troy, Texas was involved in a vehicle accident that also involved an 18-wheeler. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 6 AM at the intersection of U.S. Highway 77 and State Highway 7. Police believe that Garrett was driving north on Highway 77 when an 18-wheeler that was driving west collided with Garrett's Chevrolet pick-up truck. It is believed that the 18-wheeler slid into the northbound lanes because of the wet weather. Garrett died from the injuries he sustained in the accident while the driver of the 18-wheeler, Louis Diggs Holms was not injured at all. We wonder if this case could trigger a wrongful death claim.