A four-car pileup on Highway 243 in a rural stretch of Kaufman County – in the Ola community southeast of Dallas, Texas – resulted in the tragic death of 18-year-old Juan Gomez.
The crash occurred at about 8:15 p.m. on July 1st, according to the Department of Public Safety. A motorist driving a Cadillac Escalade attempted to pass a Chevrolet pickup truck and in doing so had a head-on collision with a Ford pickup. That was the first crash.
The Chevrolet truck driver stopped to assist and was rear-ended by a Chevrolet Tahoe, a second crash. Then the Tahoe rolled, killing Gomez. The driver of the Tahoe was 26-year-old Hector Dominquez, reportedly a friend of Gomez. Dominquez fled the scene and hasn’t been located since.
In addition to the fatality, ten other people involved in the crash were injured and flown to five different hospitals in the surrounding area. Injuries identified at the scene ranged from bruises to broken bones.
The causes of these terrible crashes are currently unknown. Police say that they believe speed was definitely a factor.
Negligence when driving, such as driving recklessly at an unsafe speed, can expose motorists to personal injury lawsuits, if passengers are injured or killed. In addition, when people engage in illegal activities such as drinking too much alcohol and driving, they expose themselves not only to tragedies like this one but to being sued for wrongful death, medical bills, and personal injury claims. But it’s unknown at this time whether alcohol was a factor in this accident.
Have you or has someone you know suffered an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence or deliberate actions? For legal assistance in Texas related to a personal injury case, contact Dallas personal injury attorney Dean Malone at (214) 670-9989.