Jurors Left in Tears After Paralyzed Girl Victimized by Drunk Driver Reads Letter
December 10. 2012 13:49 by
In the summer of 2011, then 7-year-old Xitclalli "Chilli" Vasquez was left paralyzed from the chest down in an accident involving a drunk driver. In July, Chilli and her sister were riding in a car with their aunt to a mall to get their nails and hair done, according to news reports. It was during this trip that the aunt's car was struck by a car driven by Jeremy Solis, who was found to be intoxicated. The vehicle driven by Solis had been stolen in Fort Worth. He was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.23, nearly three times the legal limit.
Recently, Solis was in court for sentencing. It was during this court hearing that jurors heard what Chilli had written in a letter to Solis about her experiences since she had become paralyzed. The jury, those present in the courtroom and even Solis were left in tears after Chilli's mother read the 4-page letter, which talked about her experiences in the hospital, how she would cry because she couldn't do things she used to do, how she had to use her thumb to answer questions because she could not talk. One question Chilli had written in the letter was, "Look at what I said and the words I said and tell me how I look and feel. How do you feel today? Do you remember July 9th?"
Solis was charged with intoxication assault (two counts) and pleaded guilty to the charges. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and according to news reports will be eligible for parole in 5 years. Prosecutor Allenna Bangs stated that there were no restitution charges, and that Solis is 21 years old and has no criminal history.
Chilli told ABC News that she plans to send more letters to Solis while he is serving his sentence, and that she hopes he will respond to the letter that was read in court. She said she hopes he will apologize, that it will "make me happy if he says he is sorry."
Even for Dallas personal injury lawyers who see tragedy every day, this is an extremely sad and unfortunate story. The victim in this case, who is now 9 years old, is strong-willed and determined to walk again one day. Hopefully Solis will have time to think about his actions while serving his sentence, and won't repeat the same mistake.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver or other act of negligence, contact an experienced and capable Dallas personal injury attorney.
Wrong Way Driver Injures Six In Early Morning Dallas Car Accident
December 3. 2012 14:19 by
A wrong way driver on Interstate 635 in Dallas collided with two SUV’s early this morning causing injuries to six people. Investigators believe the car accident occurred at approximately 4:15 this morning, when a truck was traveling east in the westbound lanes of traffic where it then collided with the SUV’s. Witnesses state that the driver of the truck fled the scene of the accident on foot, and the passenger in the truck claims he does not know the driver. Six individuals in the SUV’s involved in the car accident were injured, including a four month old child. One of the passengers was seriously injured in the accident. Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com
Fiery Dallas Crash Leaves 2 Dead, 2 Injured
October 9. 2012 17:47 by
On Friday October 5th, an early morning crash occurred between Lemmon Avenue and Hall Street along the northbound access road of U.S. Highway 75 Central Expressway, leaving two people dead and two injured.
Dallas police say one vehicle was involved in the crash which occurred when that vehicle ran off of the road, plowed through an iron fence, then struck a utility pole. At that point, the vehicle burst into flames.
News reports state that authorities were on the scene when firefighters arrived, and that the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames. Paramedics found two dead bodies inside the vehicle after the fire was extinguished. The victims' bodies were burned severely, making immediate identification impossible according to a representative from the Dallas County Medical Examiner's office. As of Friday morning, one victim was listed in serious condition, the other in critical condition.
An update to this story published just hours after the original story stated that it had been determined that speeding caused the crash. Those who lost their lives were identified as 25-year-old Joshua Armstead, the driver of the vehicle, and a passenger, 19-year-old Fred Pupenbroke III. The car that crashed and caught fire was a 2001 Dodge Stratus.
An apartment complex sets immediately beside the scene of the crash; a neighbor told police that some residents of the apartment building helped pull two occupants of the burning vehicle out of the car prior to it burning out of control. Police said those individuals were rushed to area hospitals.
As experienced Dallas car accident attorneys, we know tragic accidents happen all too often, taking the lives of young people who had bright futures ahead of them. Speeding is extremely common, particularly among teens and young adults - however thankfully, it doesn't always end like this story did.
The two individuals who sustained injuries in this crash will likely be facing substantial medical costs due to their injuries. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another party, consult with a skilled Dallas personal injury lawyer at once to determine if you have a claim, and if legal action should be taken to obtain the full compensation you deserve.
Texas Trucking Accident Kills Three People
July 31. 2012 12:58 by
A wrong way driver
on Interstate 35 set off a deadly chain reaction early Monday morning. The events leading up to the deadly trucking accident
began at around 3 a.m. Monday morning when a small sedan was spotted driving south in the Northbound lanes of I-35 in Schertz, Texas near San Antonio. The wrong way driver caused an initial car accident
that resulted in only minor injuries. A tanker truck driver, however, failed to see the initial crash and drove through the car accident scene striking and killing two good samaritans that stopped to render aid in response to the first car accident. The other victim was the wrong way driver that caused the initial car accident. Five other individuals were taken to area hospitals for minor injuries. There is no word at this time if alcohol played a role in this horrific accident.
Horrific accidents such as this one come with complicated legal questions, such as who is legally responsible for the deaths and injuries to these innocent victims? Does all responsibility fall on the wrong way driver? Is the truck driver responsible for not keeping a proper lookout? These questions require experienced personal injury attorneys
with the tools to investigate serious accidents such as this one. The Austin and Dallas personal injury attorneys at Wilson Trosclair & Lovins have that experience. Call us today at 214-484-1930 if you were injured due to the negligence of another person
Mesquite Car Accident Leads To One Fatality
June 27. 2012 10:28 by
A car accident
in Mesquite, Texas involving one car and two trucks left one driver dead and another injured. According to the investigation of the car wreck
, the driver of a Ford Escort, Paul McCoy, collided into a truck that was stalled on the inside lane of Interstate 635 near the Bruton road exit. The Ford Escort then moved into the lane of another truck traveling in the same direction, thereby resulting in another car wreck. Mr. McCoy was killed in the accident, and one of the truck drivers
was taken to the hospital for his injuries. Officers do not intend to file charges related to the accident.
Sometimes a car accident appears to be just that- an accident. But on closer inspection, there may be facts indicating that one of the parties involved acted in an unreasonable manner that placed the lives of others in jeopardy. That is why it is always important to talk to a personal injury attorney if you were involved in an accident. Know your rights and take advantage of the legal protections available to you. Call the Austin and Dallas personal injury attorneys at Wilson Trosclair & Lovins
today if you were injured due to the actions of another.
Wrong Way Car Accident Kills Five People In Mesquite
May 31. 2012 17:19 by
A car accident
in Mesquite, Texas (a suburb of Dallas) left five people dead, including three children. The car wreck
happened at approximately 11:15 p.m. last night on Interstate 20. Just prior to the accident, officers spotted a pickup truck driving the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of traffic. Unfortunately the truck collided head on with an SUV before officers could stop the wrong way driver. Both cars burst into flames due to the crash, killing both drivers and 3 children that were passengers the truck. It is unclear at this time what casued the woman to drive the wrong way.
Avoidable tragedies such as this one plague our Dallas and Austin roadways daily. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another driver, the Austin and Dallas personal injury attorneys at Wilson Trosclair & Lovins
can help. Call us today at 214-484-1930
to protect your rights.
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Dallas Early Morning Car Wreck Results In One Fatality
A Dallas car accident
early this morning left one driver dead and the other uninjured. The car wreck
happened around 7:30 a.m. this morning. Investigating officers believe the deceased driver was traveling south on Midway just south of Frankford Rd. in her SUV when another driver pulled out of an apartment complex striking the victim’s car in the rear quarter panel. The SUV then spun into the curb, causing the SUV to flip onto its roof. The driver was trapped in her car for a period of time, and she died before she could be taken to the hospital. It is unclear if alcohol played a role in the accident or if it was just a matter of inattention or careless driving.
What this car accident shows is that it doesn’t take much for a car accident to result in a fatality. Driving a car is inherently dangerous, yet our roadways are filled with drivers who fail to recognize this fact and instead drive with a reckless disregard for the safety and lives of others. If you have been injured due to the recklessness of another driver, the Austin and Dallas personal injury attorneys
at Wilson Trosclair & Lovins can help. Call us today at 214-484-1930.
Wrong Way Driver Near Killeen Causes Fatal Car Crash
May 7. 2012 11:01 by
Killeen police officers are currently investigating a car accident
that resulted in the death of two young people. Officers believe that the car wreck
happened at 9:16 on Saturday night. Officers were alerted to a car driving the wrong way down the southbound lanes of Highway 195 immediately prior to the car wreck. Upon arriving at the accident scene, officers found the drivers of both vehicles deceased. The initial results of the investigation indicate that a young man driving a 2005 Acura was the one driving the wrong way. The other driver has been identified as Rachelle Nicole Pittman. At this time it is not known if alcohol played a role in this fatal car accident.
If you need a personal injury attorney in Dallas or Austin, we have the experience and resources
to help. Call us today at 214-484-1930 if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another driver.
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Fort Worth Drunk Driver Sentenced To Twenty Years
Louis Nieves made a horrible and fatal decision last year, and now it will cost him 20 years in prison. He was sentenced by a Fort Worth jury yesterday for his intoxication manslaughter conviction resulting from a mach 2011 truck accident
that took the life of Alejandro Raya. Mr. Nieves admitted to drinking 10 beers before getting behind the wheel of his truck. He then entered Interstate 30 heading the wrong way and collided with a tanker truck driven by Mr. Raya. Mr. Nieves’ decision to drink and drive took one life and left three children without a father.
Drunk drivers still plague our streets. If you were injured due to someone’s decision to drink and get behind the wheel, you need to talk to a car wreck attorney in Dallas or Austin
. Call us today at 214-484-1930 to discuss you legal rights.
Car Accident Involving Dump Truck Results In Toddler’s Death
April 30. 2012 11:13 by
An early morning Dallas Fort Worth area car accident
has resulted in the death of a young toddler. The tragic car accident happened on Interstate 20 early this morning during rush hour traffic. Early investigations indicate that a dump truck
that was also pulling a trailer lost its drive shaft, causing the truck and trailer to stop in lanes of traffic. The car carrying the toddler then struck the trailer from behind, killing the toddler and critically injuring the child’s mother who was driving the car. Officers continue to investigate the cause for the accident.
Car accidents remain a significant source fatalities in Texas and throughout the country. The real tragedy is that the large majority of car accidents are avoidable. Performing proper maintenance and following basic rules of the road can go a long way in reducing deaths on our roadways. If you or a loved one was injured due to the negligence of another driver, the Austin and Dallas car accident attorneys
at Wilson Trosclair & Lovins can help. Call us today at 214-484-1930.