Recently a tow truck driver hit a pedestrian and didn’t stop to help the victim, 41-year-old Juan Steele. After the tow truck hit him, another car slammed into him as well and also did not stop to give assistance. The police have not identified that car or driver yet, but are speaking with witnesses.
The tow truck driver was leaving the Oasis Apartment complex before 6 a.m. on westbound Ledbetter Drive when he rounded a median into the eastbound lanes.Witnesses say Juan Steele ran into the street screaming stop, to try to stop the tow truck as it was towing his car away.
Then the tow truck ran over Steele, which seemed intentional, according to witnesses, since he was hard to miss—he was waving his arms right in front of the truck.
Then the other car hit him shortly after. After that a witness said they quickly tried to stop traffic so more cars wouldn’t hit Steele. Yet soon after Steele was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Dallas police went to a nearby impound lot where authorities interviewed witnesses and found the victim’s car. Residents who live in that apartment complex say towing is very common in that area.
Pedestrian accidents, hit-and-runs and wrongful deaths should never occur. If you or your loved one was the victim of any of these kinds of negligence, you should contact the Law Office of W.T. Johnson before it’s too late to get the justice you deserve.
Two children in Wells, Texas were driving a motorized scooter on County Road 2734 and were struck by a Honda Accord. Six-year-old David Stone, died on the scene and his brother, 12-year-old Davion Stone, was taken to the hospital by helicopter and is in stable condition.
The driver, Randall Richard of Cleveland, TX, did not have a license, registration or current inspection sticker. State troopers are investigating whether Richard was speeding or not.
Witness Holly Radcliffe said it didn’t seem like the driver saw the children since he appeared to be going so fast. She grieved like the child was her own, and said she prays the Lord will use this incident for his glory.
It is very important to slow down on county roads with many houses around and children, Daune Hartman, DPS State Trooper said.
An average of 450 pedestrians are killed in Texas annually. That is more than one deadly pedestrian accident a day. If you are reading this and you or a loved one were the victim of a pedestrian accident, you should contact the Law Office of W.T. Johnson immediately to get justice for your pain and suffering.
A few days before Christmas, another pedestrian was hit by a car in the intersection of Cedar Springs and Knight Street (see Google Maps). The 72-year-old man suffered injuries but was released from the hospital on Christmas day. The accident marks the fourth time a pedestrian was struck on Cedar Springs Road in the past two months, prompting officials to seek ways to make the area less dangerous.
The three other accidents involving pedestrians occurred on Nov. 3, Nov. 25, and Dec. 10. The victims in the first two accidents were killed. The series of accidents have prompted several city council members to ask for more stop lights and stop signs in high-risk areas. However, the city has as of yet released no plans to make the street safer.
Pedestrians are already vulnerable, but the combination of dangerous intersections and negligent drivers can be deadly. If you have been struck by a car while walking, contact W. T. Johnson today.
The recently released report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration brought good news to many; road deaths in general fell significantly as motor vehicle crashes became less frequent. However, even in light of recent data, one form of transportation is still becoming more and more dangerous: walking.
The report showed that pedestrian injuries from car crashes has jumped 4.2% since 2009 with a total of about 70,000 pedestrian deaths in 2010 alone. Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not identified a specific cause for the increase in pedestrian deaths, some are guessing that poor road conditions coupled with an increase in pedestrian transportation could be the cause.
Dallas is a very walkable city, and many individuals choose alternative methods of transportation over driving. Regardless if you’re walking, biking, or driving, it’s important to remain aware of your surroundings. Only cross streets in cross-walks, and if you’re walking at night, be sure to wear brightly colored clothing so drivers can see you. If you have been injured as a pedestrian by a negligent driver, contact W. T. Johnson today.
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