Woman hit by tractor-trailer along Interstate 35E dies

Twenty-four-year-old Johnetta Morgan died after a commercial truck hit her on Interstate 35E near 8th Street at around 6:50 a.m. on June 10, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Reports indicate that Morgan left her vehicle after experiencing an initial car crash. Her car was sideways on the highway. She was only outside her car in the southbound lanes for a few minutes before a tractor-trailer truck hit both her and her car. The truck driver remained at the scene of the accident.

Dallas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Raul Reyna advised motorists who become involved in an accident along the freeway to quickly cross to a median if there are no dangers that would prevent them from doing so. If their car is still working, Reyna said drivers should pull their vehicle safely off the road onto a shoulder. Another option for car accident victims is to remain in the vehicle with their seat belt on while they call 911 to get help from the police.

Tractor-trailer hits van, kills two

Seventy-one-year-old Alvarado resident Imelda Medinademacias and 44-year-old Chicago, Illinois local Silvia Macias died on the evening of June 2 when the 2000 Chrysler Town and Country they rode in was hit by a tractor-trailer, the Crowley Star reported.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Dub Gillum, the women’s van was headed east on Farm to Market Road 917 when it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer owned by 3-Star Daylighting, a Cresson-based trucking company. The van had slowed down in order to turn left, and the driver of the truck, 32-year-old Wesley Lopez, was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. The speed limit of the road was 60 mph.

The driver of the Chrysler, 20-year-old Crystal Medina, sustained serious injuries in the incident and was brought to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. At the time of the report, she was in stable condition.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter send their condolences to the friends and family suffering from this tragic loss.

Official immunity prevents personal injury lawyer from suing Dallas over fire truck incident

The Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas, Texas ruled on Thursday, January 16 that Texas personal injury lawyer Brian Loncar may not sue the city over a fire truck accident, as the city has official immunity.

Loncar filed a lawsuit in September 2009 pursuing damages from the city after suffering serious physical injuries in May 2008 when a fire engine, driven at that time by fireman Paul Ferguson, ran a red light resulting in a collision, causing major damage to Loncar’s Bentley.

According to the judges, Loncar was not able to present evidence that Ferguson’s statements were “riddled with inconsistencies” or that Ferguson displayed a particularly negligent character since Loncar himself admitted that Ferguson slowed when he saw Loncar’s vehicle approaching.

If you or someone you love has been injured in Dallas due to someone else’s negligence, our team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can help you fight to hold these people accountable for their offenses and pursue compensation for your losses. Call our offices today to learn more.

Five members of musical cast killed in Panhandle area vehicular accident

Five members of a popular summer musical production, Texas, were killed in an auto accident north of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle area on Monday, August 12. Three of them were West Texas A&M University theater students.

The deceased were identified as 21-year-old Fort Worth resident Eric Harrison, 20-year-old Amarillo local Clinton Diaz, 20-year-old Wichita Falls native Andrew Duncan, 20-year-old Timonium, Maryland resident Amanda Starz, and 24-year-old Haltom City resident Julian Arredondo.

The driver, Diaz, allegedly ran a red light, causing the vehicle to be broadsided on the passenger’s side when it pulled in front of a southbound 18-wheeler. The truck was attempting to turn onto U.S. 287 near Dumas, about 40 miles north of Amarillo, according to Public Safety spokesman Christopher Ray.

Thirty-year-old Houston resident Timothy Johnson, who sat directly behind Diaz, was brought to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, where he was critical condition.

Fuel truck crash kills 5 Texan teens

Five teenagers were killed in a tragic truck collision with a loaded fuel tanker, north of Amarillo near Dumas on Sunday, March 10th.

According to authorities, a Chevy pickup, driven by 16-year-old Jacob Paul Stipe, with five total teens on board ignored a stop sign, causing a fuel tanker traveling on the adjacent road to hit them on the passenger side. Stipe, Derrek Lee Hager, Christopher Lee Moore, and sisters October Dawn and Elizabeth Kay Roys were killed instantly upon impact.

Ezequiel Garcia, who was driving the fuel tanker, suffered serious burns all over his body and was reportedly in critical condition.

Information as to where the kids were headed before the accident occurred has not yet been made available. However, early investigations show that alcohol was ruled out as a factor in the accident.

The devastating loss of these five young lives has affected and will continue to affect many friends and loved ones. We at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter send our sincere condolences to those suffering from this tragic accident.

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