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Body from Brazos River could be missing good Samaritan

Confirmation is still pending from Galveston County Coroner's Office, but authorities reportedly believe they know the identity of a body pulled from the Brazos River last weekend. It may be the remains of a man from Fort Bend County.

According to news reports, the 43-year-old man has been missing since May 3. He was last seen on the Jodie Stavinoha Bridge near New Territory. Authorities say he was one of two good Samaritans who were helping move a stranded vehicle from the road. In the course of doing that, another vehicle came along and crashed into them.

Officials say they suspected that the collision resulted in the missing man being hurled from the bridge and into the river below.

Search crews had been looking for the man since the tragic accident without luck. But divers recovered the remains of a body last Saturday after extending the search further downstream.

Whether this turns out to be a fatal motor vehicle accident reflecting a level of negligence that warrants pursuing compensation through civil action is still to be determined. But authorities do confirm that criminal charges have already been filed against a 30-year-old Needville man.

He is accused of intoxicated assault. But at the time this is written he was reported free after posting $25,000 bond. Officials say additional charges could be brought. That likely will depend on being able to confirm that the remains found are those of the missing man.

The loss of a loved one is always hard to deal with. When the death is the result of someone's negligent or reckless actions, it can be more difficult to work through the grief. Those who suffer such trauma should know that seeking compensation is their right.

Source: YourHoustonNews.Com, "Body found in Brazos River near Clute," May 9, 2015

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