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A man has been taken into police custody after a dramatic incident in which he has been accused of stealing a car and using it to run multiple pedestrians down. The spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety stated their belief that he deliberately targeted pedestrians, but they have not yet speculated as to what his motives may have been. Two of the people that were hit have died, and another two have been taken to hospitals in San Antonio for treatment.

The alleged rampage began when the 40-year-old man apparently hit a pedestrian in a parking lot at the corner of Iowa Street and Pine Street in San Antonio. Instead of getting out of the car to help, the man has been accused of reversing the vehicle and running over the pedestrian a second time. The person who was struck was dragged by the car for a short way and succumbed to their injuries at the scene.

The man then allegedly drove down three more pedestrians, killing one of them and leaving another two with life-threatening injuries. According to eyewitness reports, the man eventually crashed the stolen car and attempted to escape on foot. He was seized by bystanders and held for the authorities. He has been charged with murder, aggravated assault and failure to stop and give information.

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The Galveston Police Department reported that a two-vehicle crash left one person dead and two others injured on July 26. The accident occurred around 1:50 p.m. on Seawall Boulevard, and the decedent was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to authorities, the 72-year-old victim was driving a Toyota Sienna minivan west on the roadway when an eastbound, black Infiniti SUV attempted to make a U-turn and hit the left side of the van. The driver’s wife, who was a passenger in the minivan, suffered serious injuries and was transported to John Sealy Hospital at the University of Texas Medical Branch. The male driver of the SUV was also injured. He was taken to the same hospital and was in stable condition as of July 26 according to police.

A section of Seawall Boulevard was closed for over five hours, and traffic was rerouted to Stewart Road. Police were still looking into what caused the accident on the day it occurred. Specifically, they were investigating whether or not drugs or alcohol contribute to the incident. As of the day of the crash, authorities had not filed any charges.

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Four people were left dead after a car accident in Texas. The accident took place in Harris County on the night of June 22. Officers believe that a man who caused the accident was drinking and driving when he hit the car after running a red light.

Around 10 p.m., the driver was traveling east on Beechnut Road in a van. As he approached the intersection with Synott, he drove through a red light as a Honda Civic was approaching from the northbound lane, and the vehicles collided. When emergency officials responded, they found that four of the five people occupying the Civic had passed away.

The only occupant to survive the crash, the passenger in the front seat, was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition. When the van driver was examined at the scene of the accident, officers noted that he showed signs of impairment, and he was taken into custody and charged. Among the charges were four counts of intoxication manslaughter. Reports say that the driver gave a breath sample and consented to a blood test.

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A three-vehicle accident around 12:30 p.m. on Farm-to-Market Road 1844 resulted in the death of an 82-year-old woman on May 20. The driver who authorities believe caused the fatal accident was expected to face criminal charges as a result.

A man who lives across the street from the accident scene said the sound of the collision was the loudest thing that he had ever heard. He said that the accident began when a Meals On Wheels van slowed to turn left into a driveway. The driver of a white pickup truck behind the van did not realize in time that the van was slowing and attempted to avoid a collision by going around it. However, the 31-year-old man driving the truck sideswiped the van and collided head-on with a car. Authorities said that they would charge the driver of the truck with criminally negligent homicide.

Another neighbor said that she rushed to help those involved in the accident soon after it occurred. She said that the woman who was driving the car was still breathing when she got there. She said, however, that the driver’s legs were pinned to the side of the car. The other witness said that many wrecks occur near the FM 1844 and Texas 300 intersection, but this accident was the worst that he has seen.

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San Antonio police suspect that excessive speed was a factor that contributed to a head-on collision between a car and a motorcycle on May 1. The motorcycle driver was killed and two occupants of the car were seriously injured in the crash, police said. The fatal accident took place along the 2500 block of East Southcross Boulevard at approximately 10:45 p.m.

According to police, a car was traveling at a high rate of speed on the boulevard when its driver lost control after encountering a dip in the road. The car then strayed across the centerline and into oncoming traffic, where it struck a motorcycle head-on, police reported. The car subsequently collided with a utility pole.

Authorities said the motorcyclist was ejected from his bike and the car’s two occupants were trapped inside their vehicle. Authorities pronounced the motorcycle rider dead at the scene. Firefighters used cutting tools to extricate the car’s two occupants, both of whom were transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center with critical injuries. Police said that the investigation into the accident is ongoing but that the driver may face charges in the incident.

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At 1 a.m. on April 27, police received a 911 call and found a crash scene with an upside down Mitsubishi SUV containing four people. The SUV had flipped over following being rear-ended by a pickup truck traveling at high-speed on Texas 105, causing the SUV’s frame to break and the outer door skin to be popped off. One 54-year-old female passenger from Conroe suffered fatal injuries in the accident. The remaining occupants of the SUV, including her two teenage grandchildren and their 65-year-old grandfather, were treated and released later from the local hospital.

The SUV was struck while it was stopped at Navajo on the eastbound Texas 105, and they were waiting for the traffic light to change, according to the Montgomery County Police Reporter. The Dodge 3500 pickup merged from Blue Heron to 105 at high speed, rear-ended the SUV and crashed into a utility pole. The driver fled the scene.

The pickup truck driver showed up later at a hospital in Conroe for treatment of a broken arm. He was taken into custody and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of failing to stop to render aid, intoxication assault with a vehicle and intoxication manslaughter.

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A Texas man was charged with intoxication manslaughter after allegedly causing a car accident that left one person dead. The head-on collision happened in Conroe on FM 3083 on March 22 when the 34-year-old man was driving a Ford Freestar van and heading westbound at 7:53 a.m. Witnesses say that he veered across the centerline and struck an eastbound Ford Focus. According to the Conroe Police Department, the driver of the Focus attempted to stop and veer to the outside of her lane, but the front left side of the van still hit the front left side of her car.

After the collision, both vehicles left the side of the road. The 66-year-old driver of the Focus was declared to be critically injured at the scene by an EMS supervisor. She was transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead. The driver of the van underwent a voluntary blood draw at the same hospital, and the preliminary results indicated possible intoxication.

A Conroe Police Department sergeant said people can become intoxicated through the use of drugs and medication, among other substances, in addition to alcohol. The driver of the van was charged with intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle and taken to the Montgomery County Jail. The body of the deceased woman was ordered to be transported to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy.

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Family members of a Texas couple who were killed in a major traffic accident on I-10 have ended their lawsuit against a trucking company and truck driver. The fatal accident happened on Thanksgiving Day 2012 and involved more than 100 vehicles.

The couple who were represented in the lawsuit were stopped in a long line of traffic that apparently had been caused by fog on the morning of Nov. 22, 2012. A tractor-trailer driver, who, according to the lawsuit, did not reduce his speed, crashed his vehicle into the couple’s car. The two people in the car were killed. The multi-car accident left more than 80 people injured with 11 or 12 of them being harmed critically. It took police most of the day to clear the interstate after the accident.

The lawsuit was filed against the trucking company C.R. England Inc. and the driver of the tractor-trailer. The family was suing for funeral expenses and for their pain and suffering. The case was ready for trial, but on March 3 the plaintiffs filed a Notice of Nonsuit with Prejudice, which was granted by the judge the following day. No information regarding the settlement that was agreed upon was reported.

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Texas drivers should be aware of one automaker’s attempt to recall hundreds of thousands of automobiles due to a potentially deadly issue. Several people have already died in accidents reportedly caused by the flaw.

Car manufacturer General Motors has instituted a recall of all 2005-07 Chevy Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles due to a faulty part in the ignition switch assembly. This recall affects more than 778,000 vehicles, and one industry expert said that it could have serious repercussions for GM. To date, reports indicate that six people have died due to the issue with the ignition in at least 22 accidents. Typically, a recall does not involve fatalities or accidents, but they do in some cases such as Toyota’s accelerator issues in 2010.

The issue in the GM cars has to do with jarring of the ignition switch, which knocks the switch from the normal “run” position. This can cause the car to stall and can disable airbags or power steering. According to reports, even a heavy set of keys can cause the ignition to switch off. Due to how old the cars are, it could be a challenge to locate the current owners. This is because the cars could very easily be in a second or third owners’ hands at the time of the recall. Because these subsequent owners do not usually register their ownership with the automaker, tracking them down for notification may be a demanding task.

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A deadly accident on the evening of Jan. 24 claimed the life of a man on U.S. 277 outside of San Angelo, and another person was airlifted to a medical facility with serious injuries. Authorities reported that at about 9:45 p.m., a northbound pickup truck crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into a Chevrolet Suburban driven by a 38-year-old woman. She succumbed to her injuries on Jan. 25. The truck driver, identified as a 28-year-old man, died at the scene.

According the Texas Department of Public Safety, the deceased man worked at the oilfields, and the woman was a nurse. At the time of the report, authorities were continuing their investigation into the fatal accident. Both individuals were properly restrained, and weather did not seem to be a factor in the accident. The speed limit was 70 mph, but the speed of the vehicles was not reported. No passengers were reported to be in either vehicle.

After the death of a loved one in a serious accident, the family might not know what course of action to take. If the death was due to another’s negligent actions, the family may be able to pursue legal action against the responsible party in order to receive financial compensation for the sudden medical and funeral expenses the family might need to pay.