A sergeant from the Waco Police Department said that witnesses reported seeing the driver of a Ford pickup truck go through a red light on North 26th Street before crashing into a Mitsubishi SUV that was heading southbound on Bosque Boulevard. The collision that occurred on April 20 caused the Mitsubishi to roll over. Emergency responders transported the 62-year-old male driver of the Mitsubishi to a local hospital. He could not be revived and was pronounced dead, police said.
Police officers from the Cleburne department intend to serve as the victim’s pallbearers because the man had served on that force for 30 years. In addition to his police career as a motorcycle officer, he had served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.
Someone who fails to drive safely and causes a car wreck could be held responsible for any injuries and deaths that result. If a police accident report or other evidence indicates that the driver was negligent, then surviving family members might choose to seek damages through the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney could help assess the available evidence to see if negligence can be proven. Drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving are some examples of negligent actions that could be used to hold a driver accountable in a fatal accident.
An injury attorney in Austin could help estimate the damages and negotiate a settlement. A wrongful death case might proceed to litigation if an agreement cannot be reached between the parties. Damages that are often sought in this type of a civil lawsuit include funeral and burial expenses and other amounts permitted by statute.
Source: KWTX, “Victim Of Deadly 2-Vehicle Waco Crash Was Retired Police Officer”, Lauren Partain, April 22, 2015