East Bernard — Teenager Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on Lum Road
Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 at 4:01 pm by Williams Hart
On the evening of Saturday, January 11, 2020, a teenager was killed in a single-vehicle accident that occurred in Fort Bend County, Texas.
According to initial reports, Lee Cruz Jr. was driving a vehicle along Lum Road in East Bernard when all of a sudden, in the 900 block, his vehicle crashed into a tree. Upon collision, the car caught fire.
His passenger, James Russell O’Canas, was pronounced dead at the scene. O’Canas was an El Campo Independent School District senior.
Deputies said Trevino initially ran away after the accident but later returned. He is being charged with reckless driving and criminally negligent homicide. His bond was set at $50,000.
The crash still remains under investigation.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of James Russell O’Canas. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Car 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.
Moreover, statistics show that about 16% of these car accidents are crashes where the vehicle leaves the road. In this type of car crash, a car would usually collide into a lamppost, a tree, or a building, etc. Lamppost and tree collisions comprise about 31% of fatalities in this type of vehicular accident.
Car accidents are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car 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.
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