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El PASO, TEXAS, January 17, 2020: Three people died in a three-vehicle crash Friday in Northeast El Paso during evening rush hour in the 4000 block of Hercules Avenue. El Paso Police said Billy Ray Ethridge Jr., 45,  was in a 2016 Dodge Challenger traveling east at a high speed on Hercules.
Ahead of him traveling east on the same road was a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze driven by 23-year old Danny Parra with passengers Sergio Zarate, 23, and John Milam Jr., 25, of El Paso.
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 by Attny Jesse E. Guerra, Jr.

According to a recent study, Texas had more pool drownings in 2019 than in recent years.  Certainly, this is a tragic statistic given that Texas has vast resources and has initiated extensive outreach to promote swimming pool safety.  As an aquatic litigation pioneer, I have seen a decline in new cases in the last few years.   

To be quite honest, I am happy to see a decline in cases as a result of efforts made through public awareness, and at times, due to costly litigation taken against some pool owners/operators who refused to take action to make their pools safer unless juries or litigation made them change their minds.

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GALVESTON, Texas Jan. 14, 2020  — One person is dead and two others are missing after a boat crashed in Galveston on Tuesday around 3:35 p.m. approximately 1.5 miles offshore near East Beach. The Coast Guard said  four people were in the water in need of help after the 81-foot fishing boat named Pappy’s Pride and a 600 ft. chemical tanker called the Bow Fortune collided near the Galveston Jetties.

Coast Guard resumed searching for missing crew members of the fishing boat Pappy’s Pride that capsized after the collision near the Galveston jetties. Two fishermen were pulled from the water with the help of Good Samaritans nearby and were transported to the hospital. One of the fishermen died despite CPR efforts, the Coast Guard said.

The search for the remaining two is ongoing. Dense fog was impacting recovery efforts and forced crews to halt search efforts Tuesday night. Recovery operations resumed Wednesday morning. We will update the story as it develops.

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(Tyler, TX Jan 15, 2020) Tyler police have arrested a 19-year-old for causing a crash, sending three people to the hospital Monday night. Shortly after midnight, police were called to the 10700 block o f highway 271, where 19-year-old Jasmine Gonzalez in a Mercedes-Benz was driving Southbound in the Northbound lanes of 271 when she collided head-on with a Nissan Sentra, occupied by a 35-year-old mother and her two children, aged 13 and 8. The mother and 8-year-old are currently in critical condition, the 13 year old is in stable condition. Gonzalez was charged with two counts of intoxicated assault with a vehicle and remains in the Smith County jail awaiting bond.

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ACCIDENT INJURY REPORT-LEVELLAND, Texas, Jan.7, 2020One person has died and another was injured in a three-vehicle crash in Levelland on Tuesday. Police responded to the crash at 7:15 p.m. near the intersection of Texas Highway 114 and Lobo Drive. 

Two of the victims, one of them an elderly man, were taken to Covenant Levelland. The elderly victim had to be transported by AeroCare to a Lubbock hospital and was pronounced dead early Wednesday morning.

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(El Paso Jan 12, 2020) A motorcyclist was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver late Thursday January 11th.  The incident happened at the intersection of Raynor and Randall near downtown El Paso when a Dodge Ram pick-up ran a red light and struck the motorcycle.  The victim, Celso Manuel Garcia (38) was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the truck, Ivan Romo (27) was arrested at the scene and charged with intoxication manslaughter.  He is being held at the county detention facility.  Romo, is currently a soldier stationed at Ft. Bliss

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SHELBY COUNTY, Texas — January 8, 2020  – A woman and a 2-year-old male child were flown by medical helicopter to the Shreveport Hospital following an accident on Wednesday the 8th. The early morning crash happened at State Highway 7, four miles east of Center shortly after 6:30 a.m.

Police believe the Ford SUV traveling west failed to control speed and hit a Dodge pickup from behind that was stopped for a school bus loading passengers. The driver of the Ford, 26-year-old Tiffany Mayfield, of Joaquin, and the 2-year-old, were taken to Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport for serious injuries. The driver of the Dodge, 50-year-old James Beasley, of Marshall, was not injured in the crash.

DPS is investigating the cause of the accident.

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(Marshall, Texas –  January 5, 2020) Two people died and three were injured following a three-vehicle wreck just east of Marshall Sunday night. DPS troopers investigating the crash determined that Haley Lynn Carroll, 22, was heading east on US 80 in a Dodge Caliber when she stopped at CR 2218 intersection, waiting to make a left turn. 

A  Ford Mustang driven by Nathan Charles Guyer, 20, of Marshall, was also going east on US 80 behind Carroll’s vehicle, when he failed to stop and struck the Dodge Caliber. Police said the Dodge was then pushed into the westbound lane of US 80, where it was struck by a westbound Chevrolet Blazer driven by Jesse Wayne Wink, 69, of Marshall.

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(Nexstar Media Group/EverythingLubbock.com Staff) 

January 5, 2020

LUBBOCK, Texas One man was killed and two people were seriously injured after a Ford Fusion collided with a Ford Explorer in Lubbock, Texas on Jan. 1. The front passenger in the Ford Fusion, Jose Fraire, 28, suffered serious injuries and was transported to UMC where he was declared dead.  The LPD Major Crash Unit responded to the scene and is still investigating the cause of the crash.

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amarillo-streetview-12_30_19Amarillo, Texas (Jan 2, 2020) – One person was killed in a major crash involving three vehicles on the afternoon of December 24th.  At approximately 1:00PM Tuesday, a Hereford resident was driving an 18-wheeler westbound on East Amarillo Boulevard.  As the truck driver attempted to turn south onto Ridgemere Boulevard, he pulled in front of a Lincoln driven by Amarillo resident Freddy Buckingham, aged 53. Buckingham clipped the rear of the trailer, causing him to spin out into the westbound lane, where he collided with another vehicle.  Mr. Buckingham was rushed to an area hospital, where he later died from his injuries.  Investigation is ongoing, but authorities believe that speeding and lack of seatbelt usage were factors in the fatality.

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Seatbelts Save Lives Your seatbelt is the most effective safety device in your vehicle.  Designed to keep the driver/passenger in place in the event of a crash to prevent them from being forcefully thrown into the dashboard or windshield – or worse yet, through the windshield and into the road.  Air bags can only do so much, and oftentimes only become more dangerous with the lack of proper seat belt usage. 

“In 2018 more than 2,623 people who failed to wear their seat belts were killed or seriously injured,” says TxDOT Traffic Safety Director Terry Pence.  “Simply remembering to to put on your seat belt increases your chances of surviving a crash by 45-60 percent.”