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Texas car accidents: 1 dead, 1 injured in crash with stolen car

Losing a loved one is a tragic experience, no matter what the circumstances. However, when deaths from car accidents occur because of the reckless or negligent actions of another person, they seem even more tragic. A grandfather from Texas was recently killed in an accident involving a speeding stolen vehicle.

A 26-year-old man had been in a local hospital, undergoing a mental health evaluation. According to police, the man left the hospital and then apparently forced two women from their vehicle. Reports state that he struck one woman with the car as he left the hospital parking lot. She suffered minor injuries, according to reports.

He was speeding down the highway when he hit the rear-end of a truck belonging to a 57-year-old Texas City man. Upon impact, both cars caught on fire.  The older man, who was on his way to pick up his wife from her job, was trapped in the vehicle. He was later pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The man had nine stepchildren and 30 grandchildren.

The man who allegedly stole the car was able to crawl out of the wreckage. He was apprehended by the Texas City police at the scene. The man faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held in the Galveston County Jail.

When fatal Texas car accidents involve negligence, surviving family members may elect to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A personal injury attorney can explain the litigation process and help families seek compensation for their loss. A successful outcome can provide a monetary award that could help offset funeral expenses and other unanticipated costs. In circumstances where the accident was caused by someone driving a stolen car, legal counsel can assist in pursuing claims for any available uninsured coverage, based upon the homeowners or motor vehicle insurance policies of the victim's family. 

Source: click2houston.com, "Driver charged after 1 killed, 1 injured in fiery crash in La Marque", Phil Archer, June 7, 2017

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