Reports coming out of Fort Worth, Texas state that seventeen fatalities and injuries were sustained in a vehicle accident involving an 18-wheeler. More specifically, there were five fatalities, two critical injuries, and ten who suffered minor injuries. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 2:30 AM on I-30, when a driver, who was driving west, crashed into a concrete barrier near Oakland Boulevard. A few people stopped to help, and this is when an 18-wheeler crashed into the group that seemed to be in the lanes of traffic. The collision may have caused the 18-wheeler to burst into flames. Three fatalities have been identified as Veronica Gonzalez, Mary Hernandez, and Clarissa Alexandra Banda-Castillo. Gonzalez's husband, Ely Alba-Gonzalez was also injured but his condition is not yet known. One person with critical injuries has been identified as Tracey Franklin. The 18-wheeler driver was also injured but not critically.
Reports coming out of Houston, Texas state that a person and nine other people were taken to the hospital due to a drunk driving incident. Law enforcement believes that the accident occurred at about 10 PM in the 1500 block of Gears Street, near Crown Park. The drunk driver, Jose Martir Salazar-Ramirez, was driving in the wrong direction when he collided head-on with a pick-up truck. Inside Salazar-Ramirez's car, a Mitsubishi, were two other people. The fatality was one of the passengers, while the other passengers, including those who were in the truck, were taken to the hospital. Included in the other vehicle were a few children, who had to be taken to the hospital as well. However, they seem to be in stable condition.
Reports coming out of Mabank, Texas state that Richard Davey was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 2 PM, when Davey was riding his motorcycle northwards on Texas Highway 198. A car that was heading down East Jeter Street failed to yield the right of way and crashed into Davey. According to police reports, the driver of the car was an unlicensed minor who was driving with a learner's permit. The passenger was a licensed adult.
James Malone, a 16-year old high school student at Southlake Carroll Senior High School died in a fatal bicycle accident in Southlake, Texas. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 8 PM in the 600 block of Byron Nelson Parkway. Malone was riding his bicycle on the parkway when he attempted to cross Lilac Lane and was hit by a car. The cause of the accident is unknown. We wonder if the driver simply did not see the bicyclist.
Daniel Moran, 22, was killed in a workplace accident in Argyle, Texas. The accident occurred at Argyle High School where another accident had taken place earlier. According to law enforcement, Jose Moran, Daniel's father, was driving a truck that was hauling two trailers. Daniel was guiding his father from the back and he got stuck by the tires of the last trailer. This caused him to get run over by the 18-wheeler.
Savannah Michelle Taylor, 21, was killed in a fatal car accident in Magnolia, Texas. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred on FM 1774. Taylor was driving south on the highway in a Ford Edge when another driver, Xavier Keyshawn Nero, 17, who was driving a Ford Explorer, crashed into her head-on. Reports state that Nero overcorrected after he went off the road, which caused him to collide with Taylor's car. Taylor was killed from the injuries she sustained in the accident, while Nero was taken to the hospital and released. We wonder if this case could trigger a wrongful death claim.
Reports coming out of Longview, Texas state that Rachel Elizabeth DeLorme, 19, of Hallsville was involved in a fatal car accident. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 12 PM on FM 2208 near Longview. Police reports state that the driver of a Ford F-150 pick-up truck, Phillip Lamar Martindale of Arp, was on the highway when a Hyundai Accent, driven by DeLorme, drove into oncoming traffic and hit the Ford. DeLorme died from the injuries she sustained in the accident while Martindale was taken to the hospital and is reported to be in stable condition.
A car accident in Handy Township, Texas left five people critically injured in the hospital. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 11 PM on the Nicholson Road overpass on I-96. A Nissan Altima was driving on the highway when it left the road and crashed into a Ford F-150 that was parked behind a Ford Ranger. When the Nissan rear-ended the Ford, a man who was in between the two Fords was thrown. A woman who was getting out of the F-150 was also injured because of the crash. The driver and two passengers of the Nissan, which included a man, his wife, and his 1-year old baby, were also taken to the hospital with injuries. The cause of the accident is unknown. We wonder if this was a case of vehicle malfunction or perhaps the driver was attempting to avoid an obstacle in the road, which caused him to lose control of the car.
Reports coming out of Abilene, Texas state that Nicholas Rayburn, 17, was involved in a fatal accident. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 10 PM on the 7700 block of Buffalo Gap Road. Police believe that the accident occurred when Rayburn attempted to avoid debris in the road and left the road and hit a tree. There was another passenger in the car who was Rayburn's mother, Sara Crutcher. Both were taken to the hospital, but Rayburn died from the injuries he sustained in the accident, while Crutcher is now in stable condition.
Reports coming out of New Braunfels, Texas state that four people were injured in a car accident. Police believe that the accident occurred at around 3 AM on Loop 337 and River Road. A Toyota Avalon was driving on that street when a Jeep Wrangler attempted to turn in front of it. Two people from the Toyota and two people from the Jeep were taken to the hospital. They are believed to not have serious injuries.