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Austin — Man Dies After Police Car Chase Ends in Crash on Mearns Meadow Boulevard

Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 at 9:42 pm by Williams Hart    

At approximately 1:35 a.m. on Monday, February 10, 2020, a man was killed in a police car chase-related accident that occurred in Austin, Texas.

According to initial reports, Elmer Cortez-Reyes, 21, suddenly applied the brakes to the car he was driving, a 2009 black Mitsubishi Lancer. As a result, the vehicle slid and came to a stop at the intersection of North Lamar Boulevard and Rutland Drive with a green light. The Mitsubishi stayed in the intersection for several seconds, obstructing the roadway and causing traffic behind it to also brake to avoid a collision.

Cortez-Reyes then turned westbound onto Rutland Drive as he was pursued by Austin Police. He drove at a high rate of speed on Rutland Drive, ran a red light at the intersection of Mearns Meadow Boulevard, and struck a 2001 blue Saturn SL2 that was driven by 25-year-old James A. Mares.

Mares was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cortez-Reyes was in police custody after the car crash. He is charged with intoxication manslaughter.

The crash still remains under investigation.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of James A. Mares. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Vehicular accidents are a problem in this day and age, and yet, they still continue to happen on a regular basis. 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.

In addition to this, a police chase is not uncommon in the United States. In fact, in 2012, about 68,000 vehicle pursuits were reported. It is also common for police chases to end in death or injury. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that from 1996 to 2015, an average of 355 people was killed every year in pursuit-related accidents. A third of the number consists of innocent bystanders, and a USA Today investigation has noted that chases kill black people — both as innocent bystanders and as the target of the pursuit — 3 times more than anybody else.

Police car chases that end in a crash are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who are experts in cases like this. That is why, 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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