A 26-year-old Dayton man who police say was driving erratically was killed in a collision involving another car and a FedEx truck on Dec. 18. Three people in the other car and the FedEx truck driver were injured in the crash, though their injuries were not considered life-threatening. All of the injured were taken to two hospitals for treatment, and the northbound lanes of Highway 146 while the investigation took place.
The fatal collision happened on Highway 146 south of Interstate 10 in Baytown when the driver of a Pontiac Vibe, who had reportedly been speeding and changing lanes, lost control and crossed into oncoming traffic, according to police. The Pontiac then crashed into a Lincoln, which collided with a FedEx truck. The three occupants of the Lincoln were helped by people who heard the crash and went to the accident scene to provide assistance.
The occupants of the Pontiac, all businessmen, suffered broken bones and other injuries, but they all expressed more concern about each other than themselves. Those who came to help had to try to keep them stationary until medical personnel were able to have them airlifted to Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. An ambulance took the FedEx driver to Baytown’s San Jacinto Hospital to get treatment for his leg injury.
Individuals who become involved in multiple-vehicle car wrecks where speed is a factor are highly likely to suffer serious injuries or be killed. If the driver whose actions led to the collision is killed, those who were injured may choose to file personal injury claims against his or her estate. Such a claim may take into account lost wages from having to miss work in addition to the accident victims’ medical expenses.
Source: KHOU, “1 dead, 4 hurt in crash involving FedEx truck in Baytown“, Rucks Russell, December 18, 2013