A car accident at the Galveston Seawall on June 8 left one person dead
and another in the hospital. The accident occurred when a red pickup truck
driven by a 49-year-old man drove across five lanes of traffic. The driver
was found to be on probation for a narcotics offense, and police are investigating
to see if he was under the influence of narcotics or other drugs at the
time of the accident. The truck hit two pedestrians standing on the seawall.
One, a 62-year-old man who was in Texas visiting family, died at the scene.
The other, a 48-year-old man, was taken to the hospital, where he was
listed in stable condition.
The truck drove over the seawall and landed in the sand, sustaining severe
front-end damage. The driver had minor injuries. Witnesses said that the
vehicle picked up speed as it crossed the lanes of traffic. It is unclear
if police believe the accident was a deliberate attack, but the driver
of the vehicle has been charged with aggravated assault and manslaughter.
He is being held on $750,000 bond.
car accident occurred on the 2300 block of Seawall Boulevard just after 7 a.m. Galveston
Island Beach Patrol, Galveston Police Department, League City police Department,
Texas DPS, and The Jesse Tree all responded to the scene or offered assistance
in the ongoing investigation.
For those who have lost a loved one in a car accident due to the negligence
of another, the death may be just the beginning of hardship. Pain, suffering
and emotional distress may be especially challenging, and being saddled
with the financial burden of funeral costs, medical bills and other expenses
while still grieving may seem insurmountable. In these cases, it may be
helpful to talk to an Austin injury lawyer about the possibility of pursuing
a settlement. If awarded, a settlement may be able to cover medical costs,
funeral costs and lost wages thus affording the family time to grieve.
Source: Click2Houston, "Man charged in fatal accident on Galveston Seawall", John Brannen and Amanda Perez, June 08, 2014