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2-car accident leaves 5 people dead

Five people were killed in a two-car accident in Texas on Oct. 29. The fatal collision occurred on U.S. 57 near Batesville at about 10:05 p.m. Four of the victims were declared dead at the scene of the crash, and one died later at Brooke Army Medical Center.

According to reports about the accident, a driver of a Toyota Camry entered the path of oncoming traffic and hit a Nissan Altima. Two people in the Camry and two people in the Altima died at the scene while a third occupant of the Camry was pronounced dead later on at the hospital. Reports indicate that the Texas Department of Public Safety began an investigation into the accident.

All of the deceased victims of the accident were San Antonio residents whose ages ranged from 56 to 66 years old. Two men aged 66 and 58 and two women aged 61 and 66 died at the scene, and a 56-year-old woman died at the hospital. Reports of the accident did not indicate who the drivers were or whether there were any additional vehicle occupants who survived the crash.

The surviving family members of a person who has been killed in a car accident often face, in addition to the grief over the sudden loss of a loved one, significant financial challenges starting with funeral and burial costs. When the decedent was a breadwinner, the contributions to the family budget have to somehow be replaced. In the event that the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, an attorney might file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for these and other losses. If the negligent driver also perished, the lawsuit could be brought against his or her estate or personal representative.

Source: News 4 San Antonio, "Fatal car accident claims the lives of 5 San Antonio residents," Oct. 31, 2016

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