According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), “There was 14,299 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2017, with 17,546 people sustaining a serious injury.” Vehicle accidents occur for various reasons including distracted driving and speeding.
During the month of May alone, our community experienced many different types of collisions that deeply affected residents. For this reason, we have created a vehicle accident report to bring awareness to the frequency of crashes in our city and the importance of safety on the roadways.
At Tormey & McConnell, our team of experienced Amarillo car accident attorneys knows how life-changing an automobile accident can be for both the victim and their family members. While every car accident case is different, it’s important to contact a lawyer if you sustained injuries as a direct result of the negligent actions of another motorist.
Continue reading for more information on some of the wrecks that occurred in Amarillo throughout the month of May.
Four People Killed and One Severely Injured in Head-on Collision
A head-on collision that occurred on U.S. 87, 12 miles north of Amarillo, resulted in the death of four people. Mario Alberto was traveling south in the northbound lanes in a Chevrolet Avalanche when he collided with Trey Tipton, who was driving a Chevrolet Camaro.
Both Alberto and Tipton died in the accident, as well as a 9-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. Another passenger, a 13-year-old girl, survived the wreck but was sent to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Alcohol may have been a factor. The case is currently under investigation.
Three-Vehicle Accident Killed Two
An accident in Gray County left two people dead and two others injured. The wreck involved three vehicles traveling on I-40.
Justin Khashan, 28-years-old, was towing a semi-trailer with a truck tractor. According to News Channel 10, “Khashan said he saw a single headlight headed westbound in the eastbound lane towards him so he moved onto the shoulder to avoid it.” This car was driven by Collin Lovelace, 18-years-old. Lovelace also had a passenger, Jacob Frogge, 18-years old, riding in his car.
The third vehicle driven by Fungisai Banda attempted to pass Khashan but hit Lovelace head-on. Banda had a two-year-old passenger in the vehicle.
“Banda was thrown into Khashan’s path and was hit on the driver’s side of the car,” reported News Channel 10.
Both Banda and Frogge died at the scene of the wreck. Lovelace was transported to the hospital, along with Banda’s two-year-old passenger. Khashan did not suffer any injuries.
Pedestrian and Dog Both Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident
On May 12, an accident at the 1000 block of Northeast 15th resulted in the death of a pedestrian and his dog. According to The Amarillo Pioneer, “Officers discovered the victim had been struck by at least two vehicles and both had allegedly fled the scene before officers arrived.”
Police believe that the man was not walking in a crosswalk when the accident happened.
Motorcycle Accident Killed 64-Year-Old Man
Tristan Stewart, 34-years-old, was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson when he lost control of his bike and wrecked. The accident took place on Southwest 9th Avenue and Bushland Avenue.
According to My High Plains, “Stewart had been traveling westbound on 9th Avenue when he lost control of his motorcycle, crossed into eastbound traffic lanes, and struck a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan head-on.”
The driver of the Dodge, 64-years-old, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. At the time of the accident, Stewart was not wearing a helmet and died as a result of his injuries.
Speed is believed to have been a factor in the collision.
Three Drivers Suffered Injuries After Wreck in South Amarillo
A three-vehicle accident took place on the 4200 block of Hillside Road. A 56-year-old man who was traveling east in the westbound lane crashed into a 37-year-old woman, who then hit an 18-year-old woman. The drivers were all transported to the hospital for their injuries.
According to the police, alcohol may have played a role in the accident. The crash is under investigation.
Contact Our Law Firm to Understand Your Legal Options
We hope this accident report encourages all motorists to practice safety when driving. However, we understand that collisions can still occur. At Tormey & McConnell, we are passionate about providing strong legal representation to injured victims in our community.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries caused by the careless actions of another driver, our Amarillo car accident attorneys can review your case and inform you of your legal options. Every automobile accident case is unique. For this reason, it’s in your best interest to contact a lawyer who can determine if you have a case and are eligible to obtain compensation.