Amarillo TX (December 12, 2019) Amarillo police continue to investigate a fatal accident on I-40 east near South Lakeside Drive that left one woman dead and the driver arrested. Authorities arrested 38-year-old Ricardo Alfonzo Sanchez, for suspicion of intoxicated manslaughter.
The accident happened Tuesday night around 8PM when the driver flipped the vehicle trying to get back on the highway. His passenger, 31-year-old Ashley Renee Hernandez, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Contributing factors to the accident were the use of marijuana and excessive speed. Police believe not using a seatbelt contributed to the passenger’s death.
Seatbelt Fatalities: Statewide, 982 Texans died in crashes last year due to not wearing seatbelts. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDoT), using a seatbelt reduces the risk of dying in a car crash by 45% and up to 60% in a pickup truck crash. State law requires that the driver and all passengers wear seatbelts or face a fine of up to $200. Most importantly, seatbelts save lives.
If you or a loved one have been injured or a family member has suffered a wrongful death due to reckless driving, contact a car accident attorney who specializes in these cases to review your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for damages, medical treatments, and lost wages due to the incident.
Lawyers at Carabin Shaw help clients get the care and attention they deserve after a serious accident. Our experienced attorneys represent people and families who have suffered catastrophic injuries and tragic wrongful deaths. If you or a loved one has been injured or the victim of a wrongful death, contact us today at (800) 862-1260.
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