Houston — Woman Kills Herself by Jumping in Front of Car on Interstate 45
Posted on Monday, March 4th, 2019 at 8:48 pm by Williams Hart
On Sunday, March 3, 2019, a woman was killed in a suicide attempt on Interstate 45, before Paramatta Lane, in Houston, Texas.
According to authorities, the woman parked her SUV on the side of the freeway and turned on the hazards. Afterwards, she then intentionally stepped out into traffic on Interstate 45 and was hit and killed by an oncoming vehicle.
A deputy on the scene reported that they did find some notes indicating that she wanted to harm herself and apologizing to her family members. The woman’s family has now been notified.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of the unnamed woman. Alas, she is not the only one whose life is taken away by a car accident. Car accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In a statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and for 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, suicide is also a common problem in the United States, and it is quite a serious one. Suicide is listed as the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., and in 2017, about 1,300,000 suicide attempts were reported, and 46,173 of those attempts resulted in deaths. Additionally, about 129 people die by suicides every day, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports that the most common method is the usage of firearms (51%), then followed by suffocation (25.9%), poisoning (14.9%), and others (8.2%).
The Harris County Sheriff, Ed Gonzalez, says that this time last year in 2018, 92 people committed suicide in Harris County, and so far this 2019, 78 people have already died because of suicide.
It is truly difficult to prevent suicide just because of the fact that it is actually a symptom — the final symptom, in fact — of mental illness, and mental illness is still not as discussed because not everyone really understands what it is. But mental illness should be taken seriously because if it were left untreated, it can lead to devastating results, particularly suicide.
Accidents like this are incredibly devastating to the victims and their respective families. But thankfully, there will always be help available to those who are in need. So, please ask for help when you think you need it.
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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