Brandeis High School Suffers After Fatal Crash Takes Student’s Life

Two passengers are now dead after the driver’s reckless decisions behind the wheel caused the car to crash into a utility pole.

During their lunch break, a group of Brandeis High School students decided to have a little fun and race vehicles on the eastbound Loop 1604 access road. When the driver of the silver Mitsubishi Lancer tried to pass a dually truck, the dually, unaware of the cars presence, began to turn left causing the Lancer to run off the road and eventually into a utility pole.

Police reports indicate that there were three female passengers in the carwith the male driver, all of whom were taken to the University Hospital to be treated for serious injuries. However, as noted earlier, two of the passengers were not able to survive the crash and are now dead. The second death was not pronounced till the following day when the victim was taken off life support.

The deceased, identified as Gabriela Lerma and Georgina Rodriquez, are deeply missed by her peers at the high school. One of the students, senior Jacob Longoria, talked to reporters saying that when he came out of class, he saw students everywhere bawling and that “we’re hurt, for sure, we’re definitely hurt.”

Pascual Gonzalez, NISD spokesman, hopes that this tragic event serves in the very least as a message to the students of how quickly life can change. Having fun and pushing the limits has its consequences, and Gonzalez hopes that by the students realizing this harsh truth can better prevent them from engaging in such unsafe actions.

The sad reality of this incident is that it will not be the last. Whether it is through reckless behavior or sheer misfortune, accidents are a part of driving and can many times not be avoided.

In the event you are unable to avoid such an accident, procuring an experienced personal injury attorney can help to minimize the damage of the calamity. They can investigate the case, establish the responsible party, and make sure that any ensuing finances are fully compensated.

The right attorney can be the difference between lasting financial struggles and monetary comfort.

Bayard Man Killed in Texas Accident

A Bayard City Councilor and active community member was killed in a 5 car pile-up just outside of Pecos.

The accident happened last Friday afternoon when a dust storm created low visibility along I-20. A dodge truck towing a horse trailer was accidently rear-ended by a semi which forced several cars in an attempt to avoid an accident collide with one another.

In the end, 79 year-old Louis Baum was pronounced dead on the scene and four others were severely injured.

Baum was the owner of a popular local coffee shop called A.I.R Coffee in Bayard. Friends, family, and patrons of the community described him as an energetic and genuine person who welcomed everyone in to his shop with a caring smile.

As a minister and city councilor who organized many of the great events Bayard had to offer he will be deeply missed.

If you or someone you know is injured in an accident, please contact an injury and car accident lawyer as soon as possible and get the justice you deserve.

Drunk Driving Accident Claims the Life of NFL Linebacker

Cowboy fans and players alike show their respect Sunday for the passing of Linebacker Jerry Brown

One Dallas Cowboy is left dead and another is behind bars after a car accident caused by drunk driving in Irving, TX.

According to reports, Lineman Josh Brent was driving himself and teammate Jerry Brown along Highway 114 after a night out early Saturday morning.

While there were no witnesses present at the time of the accident, according to reports Brent ran his Mercedes into a divider along the freeway causing the vehicle to flip over and catch on fire.

When police arrived they say that Brent was attempting to pull Brown out of the fiery vehicle which was soon after extinguished by the local fire department.

Paramedics rushed the unresponsive Brown to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Meanwhile Brent, who managed to escape the accident with only minor bumps and bruises, failed a field sobriety test and remained incarcerated during the Cowboys narrow victory over the Cincinnati Bengals over the weekend.

He is now faces a felony count of intoxicated manslaughter and is free on $500,000 bail.

The Irving Police Department is asking that if anyone has any information or may have seen the accident to contact them at 972-721-2762.



One Final Act of Courage

Four military veterans are dead after the trailer they were on gets trapped on the railroad tracks as a passing train comes colliding in to them.

As the train fast approached the trailer, which was trapped on the track between multiple cars, Army Sgt. Joshua Michael, of 34, acted heroically one final time as he saved the life of his wife by throwing her off the train seconds before the collision. Michael’s family writes that it was “an ultimate act of courage” that Michael had always exhibited through his two tours in Iraq.

The trailer was part of Midland, Texas’s annual Hunt for Heroes parade that honors military veterans by giving them an expense paid hunting trip. Along with Michael, Army Sgt. Maj. Gary Stouffer, 37, Sgt. Lawrence Boivin, 47, and Sgt. Maj. William Lubbers were also killed during the collision. The trailer was carrying twelve veterans and their wives as well as two helping civilians. Another four were hospitalized and remain in critical condition, including Michael’s wife.

The town of Midland responds admirably to this tragedy, rallying together to remember the lives of those who were lost and providing support for each other and the families of the deceased. It is times like these, when people are forced to be broken down and then built back up, that we need people around us who are willing to help us restart our lives and remember those who are not in them anymore.

The right accident attorney in Dallas, TX can be a part of this rebuilding process, making sure that you are taken care of legally and financially. Be prepared and retain a personal injury attorney who can lighten the healing and help you through these unfortunate times.

State Highway 130 Reports its First Fatal Accident

The newly opened SH130 claimed its first life in Mustang Ridge over the weekend.

60 year-old Martha Harris was pronounced dead on the scene after her Honda Civic collided with a Chevy Tahoe Sunday afternoon. Though this was not the first accident since the road opened on October 24, it is being considered the most tragic.

The highway, also known as the Pickle Parkway, is a 45 mile stretch of road that is more infamously known for having the highest speed limit in the country at 85 MPH.

Police are still investigating what exactly caused the accident and have yet to release any information as to how fast the vehicles were traveling at the time of the accident.

Luckily the passengers in the Tahoe were reportedly okay and suffered only minor injuries that were treated on site by paramedics.

Though accidents are obviously a common occurrence between vehicles on any stretch of road, the 85 MPH limit does raise questions as to whether the road is too dangerous for drivers to handle.

Governor Rick Perry has hailed the new highway as a “historic” accomplishment for the state of Texas. Additionally, supporters claim that the new speed limit will lead to higher productivity and offer drivers less time on the road giving them more time to spend with their families.

Regardless of the rewards, it goes without saying that this new experiment from Texas officials is adding even more dangers for drivers in our great state.

Be prepared and always have a personal injury and accident attorney in Dallas ready should you ever need legal help.





Man Convicted in Towing Diaster

Man Convicted in Towing Diaster

The family of deceased Denise Polinchak can finally have some closure in their case against the man that killed her.

Robert Wickham, 56, was convicted on charges of homicide by motor vehicle, two counts of driving under the influence and additional summary. He will be in a state prison for four to eight years.

The incident occurred in March of 2011 when Polinchak was having her car towed because of issues she was having with her brakes. While Wickham was sitting in the driver’s seat of Polinchak’s car with the door open, the car accelerated striking Polinchak with the open door and knocking her to the pavement. Polinchak would eventually die hours later at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. It was determined by prosecution that Wickham had consumed three 24-ounce cans of beer before he was dispatched by his employer.

Denise Polinchak’s death was unexpected, unwarranted, and at the hands of negligent actions. The pain it undoubtedly brought her family cannot be explained to anyone unless they have been misfortunate enough to go through it themselves. The recovery process can be long and painful, and though a specialized attorney cannot bring people such as Denise Polinchak back, but an experienced injury lawyer in the Dallas area can make sure that you are taken care of legally and financially. Get in touch with a personal injury/ wrongful death attorney to help you with these troubling times.

Drunk Driver Kills 2 Then Attempts to Flee Scene

A drunk driver killed two, injured others, and had the audacity to try and flee the scene of the crime.

The accident happened last Tuesday night at the intersection of Military Parkway and Jim Miller Road. Reports say 34-year-old Leodegario Hernandez Juarez of Irving ran a red light in his Ford F-150 causing him to slam into two other vehicles.

The accident left debris everywhere along the intersection as impact caused one of the cars to slam into a pole leaving it completely totaled.

Reports claim that the suspect then got out of his truck and attempted to flee the scene of the accident. That is when witnesses chased and tackled Juarez to the ground until police officials could arrive.

Tragically the two that were killed in the accident were identified as 49-year-old James Carr and 43-year-old Lashun Russell of Dallas. Additionally, an 8 year old child is currently being treated at the Children Medical Center and is listed to be in critical condition.

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of someone else in or near Dallas, TX, contact a Dallas attorney that specializes in wrongful death claims right away.


Fort Hood Soldier Killed in Motorcycle Accident

Fort Hood Soldier Killed in Motorcycle Accident

Timothy Laurence Singleterry was pronounced dead at 2:41p.m. at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center after a tragic motorcycle accident in Dallas, TX.

The accident occurred a little after 2 p.m. in the 400 block of south Fort Hood St. last Sunday.

Reports say the 37 year-old was riding his motorcycle northbound when a white Dodge Charger making a left onto southbound traffic unknowingly crossed paths with his motorcycle Singleterry’s Motorcycle clipped rear end of the Charger sending him off his bike and into oncoming traffic. Authorities say that the driver of a Honda Civic was unable to avoid the motorcyclist and tragically ran him over.

While the Killeen Police Department is still investigating the accident, our condolences go out to the family he leaves behind.

If you or a loved one is injured or even worst killed in a motorcycle accident, contact an accident and injury lawyer who specializes in motorcycle accidents in the Dallas, TX area immediately. While nothing can bring back the memory of a family member, holding the guilty party accountable can at the very least put you one step closer to closure.


2 Killed in Car Racing Accident

A racing accident gone wrong leaves 2 dead, multiple injured, and a 7 car pile up.

The incident happened early tuesday on the southbound 35E interstate. Witnesses say that a Chevrolet Chevelle and another car begin racing and swerving throughout the lanes of the freeway. A red Cadillac had inadvertently got in the way of the racers causing a fiery wreck that split the Chevelle in two as it hit the back of a big rig. Seven cars got caught in the wreckage as the other car involved in the race is believed to have gotten away.

Unfortunately the two passengers in the Cadillac were killed. Those in the Chevelle were rushed to the hospital to be treated for serious injuries. Officials are not releasing any information as to the driver of the vehicle, but are saying that alcohol may have been involved and that the driving will most likely be facing murder charges for his involvement.

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in an automobile accident, contact a personal injury or wrongful death attorney immediately. While nothing can truly help with the pain or grief you may be feeling after an accident, holding individuals accountable for their actions can obtain you any financial compensation you are entitled to and make sure the guilty never harm another family again.

Traffic Fatality Rate Drops in Texas, but State Remains Above National Average

Traffic Fatality Rate Drops in Texas, but State Remains Above National Average

Texas traffic fatality rates have dropped nearly 15% since 2006, according to a state audit of the Texas Department of Transportation released on Wednesday.

Improvements in roadway conditions and vehicle safety have contributed to this decline. Public awareness campaigns regarding drug and alcohol use, and the infamous “Click-it-or-Ticket” seat belt campaign have helped educate drivers about hazards that they can avoid. Improved enforcement like red-light cameras and higher frequency of sobriety checkpoints have made Texas roads safer.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration uses a formula that compares the number of traffic fatalities to hundred million miles driven. In 2006 in Texas there were 1.5 deaths per 100 million miles driven, and in 2010 the ratio dropped to 1.29 deaths per 100 million miles driven. However, national figures show a more dramatic difference as well as lower numbers. In 2006 there were 1.42 deaths per 100 million miles, and in 2010 there were 1.11 deaths per 100 million miles. Although numbers are down both statewide and nationwide, these numbers beg the question as to why Texas remains above the national average.

Doug Shupe, a spokesman for AAA Texas, says “Drinking and driving, distracted driving, speeding, red-light running, drowsy driving and not wearing seat belts are among the most common factors for traffic fatalities in the state and the nation.” A bill last year that would have banned texting while driving was vetoed. “Although we may be moving in the right direction in some areas, there are still far too many people dying on our roadways,” Shupe added.

The Dallas auto accident attorneys at Parker McDonald, P.C. have many years of experience practicing injury law and handling a wide range of different automobile accident cases.  These accident lawyers specialize in the following types of cases:  Car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful deaths, and more.  If you or someone you love have suffered serious injuries in an accident caused by the negligence of someone else, contact an experienced injury lawyer for a free legal consultation.