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Alto — 1 Person Killed in Van Accident on U.S. Route 69

Posted on Sunday, April 28th, 2019 at 11:58 pm by Williams Hart   |  Updated: Thursday, October 24th, 2019 at 9:07 pm    

At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2019, one person was killed in a single-vehicle accident that occurred in Cherokee County, Texas.

According to initial reports, a 2003 Ford E350 passenger van, which was carrying 12 people, was traveling south on U.S. Route 69, just outside of Alto, when for some unknown reason, the van ran off the roadway to the west, traveling through the grass and striking a culvert and an electrical pole.

The driver of the van, 55-year-old Sylvester Conrod Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger, 66-year-old Grady Marshall, was brought to UT-Health East Texas-Tyler with non-life-threatening injuries.

There were 10 other occupants inside the van, but they were uninjured.

An investigation is still ongoing for this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Sylvester Conrod Jr. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a vehicular accident. Vehicular accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This can be translated to be about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them.

Moreover, the NHTSA reports that from 1997 to 2006, accidents involving vans led to the deaths of more than 1,000 occupants, with 120 occupants dying in 2004 alone. It has also been noted that vans with more than 10 occupants showed a greatly increased risk of an accident, and in about 83% of the van accident fatalities, the occupants were not wearing any seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Vehicular accidents, especially those involving vans, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in van accidents, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.

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