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Iraq war veteran among the dead in fatal Texas crash

A 35-year-old former Marine Corps veteran and a 47-year-old woman lost their lives during the early morning hours of July 16 when they were struck by a vehicle on Interstate 10 in Texas. The woman had been behind the wheel of an SUV that had lost control and crashed. The man had pulled over to offer the woman assistance. A second bystander that had pulled over to help was also struck, and he was transported to an area medical facility with what were described as life-threatening injuries.

The chain reaction car accident took place on Interstate 10 near the Vance Jackson Road ramp in San Antonio at approximately 4:00 a.m. The series of events began when the driver of a sedan struck an SUV while attempting to join Interstate 10 from Vance Jackson Road. The impact caused the woman behind the wheel of the SUV to lose control of her vehicle, which came to a stop after striking a concrete barrier. The woman exited her vehicle to assess the damage when she was joined by two bystanders. These three individuals were then struck by an oncoming Ford Fusion sedan.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and the two injured men were transported to University Hospital in San Antonio. The 35-year-old Iraq war veteran succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving at University. The third individual struck by the Ford was listed as being in critical condition. San Antonio police say that the accident is still being investigated and charges will be forthcoming if alcohol is discovered to have played a part.

Motorists are expected to remain in their vehicles when they encounter an accident on a highway or other busy road, but the urge to help those in trouble can be powerful. Motorists who strike pedestrians often claim that they had no way to avoid a collision, but they may still face both civil and criminal sanctions if it is determined that they were impaired, distracted or otherwise acting recklessly at the time. Personal injury attorneys may introduce police reports and witness statements into evidence during car accident lawsuits to establish reckless or negligent behavior.

Source: KSAT, "Former Marine, father, coach killed in crash", Pilar Arias, July 18, 2016

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