Two women, three boys die in Crystal City collision

A two-vehicle collision that happened on Monday, December 14 at around 1:15 a.m. near the Maverick and Zavala County line in Texas has resulted in the deaths of five people. According to preliminary investigations by Texas State troopers, a Dodge Charger collided head-on with a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck along Highway 57.

The Charger was occupied by two women and two young boys. Both women and one of the boys died in the wreck. The two women were sitting at the front of the vehicle – one was a driver, the other was a passenger – while the boys were in the backseat. The surviving boy was taken to a San Antonio hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The Chevrolet Silverado was carrying three women and two boys from Eagle Pass. Both boys were killed in the collision, while the women were rushed to a San Antonio hospital.

Police have yet to report on the conditions of the three hurt victims, and their identities have not been released pending notification of the families.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is handling the investigation along with the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office.

GM agrees to pay $575M in settlement for defective ignition switch lawsuits

Detroit, Michigan-based automaker General Motors Co. has agreed to pay $575 million in order to settle hundreds of civil lawsuits- including personal injury and wrongful death cases- which have been filed against the automaker over defective small-car ignition switches that have been linked to at least 124 deaths across the country.

The company announced on Thursday, September 17 that it has reached an agreement with Texas personal injury lawyer Robert Hilliard to settle the combined 1,385 death and injury cases that were filed in connection to vehicular accidents caused by the faulty ignition switches.

The money will also be used to settle a 2014 class action lawsuit launched by shareholders who alleged that GM’s negligence over the defective ignition switches lowered the value of their stocks.

Companies that grow and get large by profiting off of dangerous or defective products should be held liable for their actions. Launch a product liability suit or personal injury suit in Dallas by hiring the legal expertise of our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our offices today.

Drunk driver in fatal accident sentenced to 15 years

Dallas resident Ivan Garcia Esparza, 23, pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter on June 1 in relation to the drunk driving vehicular accident that caused the deaths of a married couple, according to the Dallas Morning News.

24-year-old Danny Reed, Jr., and Chantae Reed were killed in 2014 when Esparza struck the Reeds’ SUV along I-635 at I-35E. The SUV struck a concrete wall and caught fire.

Esparza, who had a blood alcohol level of .271 at the time, will serve 15 years in prison for this crime.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas understand all too well the devastation that drunk drivers can cause. In this situation, our compassionate legal team may provide aggressive representation on your behalf in court. To learn more about how we may help you pursue financial compensation for medical expenses, funerary costs, as well as pain and suffering, call our offices at (214) 457-1668 today.

Young girl in fatal Dallas car accident identified

Eight-year-old Jordin Barrett was found dead in floodwaters after her mother’s vehicle veered off the road and flipped over and embankment in Dallas, The Dallas Morning News reported on May 31.

The vehicle crossed one or two lanes on U.S. Highway 175 near Second Street before it rolled over. Barrett’s body was identified by the Dallas County medical examiner’s office after being found by fire department boats. In addition to Barrett and her mother, the vehicle held a man and three other children.

The adult victims were transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital; their conditions were not disclosed. The surviving children, however, were all in stable condition at the Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

Police investigators are still trying to determine what circumstances could have caused the accident in the first place.

The legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter extend their thoughts to the friends and family affected by this tragic accident.

One killed in motorcycle crash on the Dallas North Tollway

One person lost his life in a traffic accident that involved one car and two motorcycles on the Dallas North Tollway, the Dallas Morning News reported on April 26.

According to a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety Lonny Haschel, a maroon Nissan Sentra was heading south on the ramp to the President George Bush Turnpike in Far North Dallas when its driver lost control of the wheel, causing the vehicle to crash into the retaining wall and flip over.

When this happened, two motorcycles traveling behind the car crashed into it at around 5 a.m. One motorcyclist was reported dead at the scene of the accident while the driver of the other motorcycle was transported to Baylor Hospital in Plano for the treatment of his critical injuries. The female driver of the Nissan sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to the Medical Center of Plano.

Haschel added that investigators have yet to ascertain what factors could have caused the driver to lose control of her vehicle in the first place.

Suspect in wrong-way crash might have been drinking

A wrong-way accident that claimed the life of 22-year-old Burleson, Texas resident Maranda Abshire and her two children, five-year-old Christopher Adrian Dominguez and two-year-old Cruz Dominguez in North Texas on Sunday, March 8, according to

Abshire’s Ford Mustang was hit by a wrong-way driver operating a Toyota pickup truck along U.S. Highway 67 in Alvarado at around 1:30 a.m. Abshire’s 13-year-old half sister, Lindsey Reynolds,was also in the car at the time of the accident. She was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth for treatment, but is expected to pull through. According to Alvarado police, they were already alerted to the presence of the wrong-way driver on the highway and were on their way to address the situation when the accident happened.

The man who caused the crash was flown to a hospital to address his injuries. Authorities stated that they found empty containers of alcohol in his vehicle.

Drunk driving victim dies after five years in near-vegetative state

Eight-year-old Dallas resident Abdallah Khader, who was crushed in a vehicular accident in 2009 by repeat drunk driving offender Stewart Richardson, died on January 11 after spending years in a near-vegetative state, WFAA-TV reported.

The car crash in Arlington almost six years ago made Khader nearly brain dead. Khader had been strapped into his car seat, just two years old at the time, when Richardson crashed into their family vehicle. Richardson’s blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit.

Richardson, who has since then been detained in a Tarrant County jail, has yet to undergo trial due to delays instigated in an effort to enhance his punishment by including driving while impaired charges in other states.

The legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas understand that dealing with the aftermath of personal injury accidents can be painful, especially if the accident resulted in the loss of a loved one. Our personal injury attorneys fight on behalf of victims for restitution from those responsible. Call our offices at (214) 457-1668 today to discuss your case.

Dallas three-vehicle accident kills two

Two individuals, a man and a woman, lost their lives in a three-vehicle accident in the early hours of December 26, at approximately 2:30 a.m. along Interstate 30 at Dalrock Road in Dallas, Texas, WFAA reported.

According to a member of the Dallas Police Department, Senior Corporal DeMarquis Black, the three vehicles were all heading west on Interstate 30 when the crash occurred. The victims were identified as Robert Nicholl White, 61, and Betty Nicholl White, aged between 85 and 90 years old.

Local government and police officials did not divulge any further information as to the conditions of the other people involved in the accident or what caused the fatal crash in the first place.

Police said the incident is still under investigation to determine the details of the case.

The attorneys of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter offer their sincere condolences to the friends and family affected by this tragic accident.

One killed in Dallas seven-vehicle crash

One person was killed while two others sustained various injuries in a seven-vehicle crash caused by the drunk driver of a stolen vehicle in Dallas, the Dallas Morning News reported on November 25.

It started when the Mesquite Police Department received a 911 call about a motorist driving an SUV who was suspected of drunken driving because of the way he was speeding along the LBJ Freeway. Once the police caught up with the vehicle, they determined that the Jeep Grand Cherokee was a stolen vehicle.

The SUV, with the police in pursuit, did not stop at a red light at LBJ and Ferguson Road, then ran another red light at Ferguson and Maylee Boulevard, which led to a fatal collision that involved four other vehicles.

The speeding Jeep driver was injured, but tragically, the passenger in another vehicle died after being brought to the hospital.

24-year-old killed after Tampa Bay Rays-Texas Rangers game

Twenty-four-year-old Jay Wolf, an aspiring musician and member of a prominent Tampa family, was struck by a vehicle on the night of August 12 in Arlington, Texas after a Tampa Bay Rays-Texas Rangers baseball game, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

According to reports, Wolf drove for three hours from Austin, where he resided, to watch the game at Globe Life Park. He left his car at his hotel and commuted to the stadium. After the game at around midnight, Wolf was hit by a westbound car on Interstate 30, north of the ball field, as he was heading back to his hotel. It is not known why Wolf was walking on the freeway. The driver who hit him fully cooperated with the police investigation of this pedestrian accident.

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

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