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Road rage believed to have caused Texas crash

As a result of a road-rage accident that caused the deaths of two 20-year-old men, a 21-year-old Wylie man was charged with accident involving injury and two counts of criminally negligent homicide. However, one of the deceased was also allegedly driving in a reckless manner, which may complicate any of the criminal proceedings.

Police did not know what happened to begin the series of events, but on May 16, they report that the drivers of two sedans, a Mitsubishi and a Nissan, were traveling westbound on Farm to Market Road 544 in Wylie shortly after 5 p.m. The vehicles were traveling at high speeds and weaving through traffic but never touching each other, even when the drivers tried to pass each other in the same lane.

When the driver of the Nissan attempted to get away from the Mitsubishi near Brand Road in Murphy, he lost control of his vehicle. The sedan traveled approximately 100 yards from the roadway and spun around before striking a guardrail. It came to rest near railroad tracks, and all three of its occupants were thrown from the vehicle. None of the men was wearing a seat belt. Two of them died, and one man suffered serious injuries.

Because the deceased driver may be considered liable for the accident due to his actions, his family may not have any course to pursue legal action against the driver who was charged. However, the family members of the deceased passenger might consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit. This might allow them to recover financial compensation for the lost earnings of their loved one in addition to the burial expenses. Such a claim might be filed against both the accused driver and the estate of the deceased driver.

Source: KDFW, "Two killed in Murphy crash," May 18, 2014

Source: KDFW, "Police make arrest in Murphy crash that killed 2; road rage said to be cause ", May 21, 2014

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