League City — Teenager Killed in Hit-And-Run Accident on FM 270
Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 at 8:59 pm by Williams Hart
Just before 4 a.m. on Monday, June 24, 2019, a hit-and-run accident in League City, Texas, and it claimed the life of one teenager.
According to initial reports, police officers were called to an accident in the 1800 block of FM 270. When they arrived, they found River Russell, 19, lying near a ditch for about 10 minutes before someone called 911 for help. Russell was brought to the hospital in critical condition, but on Wednesday, June 26, he was pronounced dead.
The driver, 32-year-old Phillip Antoine, initially fled the scene, but he was later found. He was then charged with failing to stop and render aid and accident involving death. He was arrested.
Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of River Russell. 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 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.
Car accidents are reported to be deadly for pedestrians particularly. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimates that the number of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. is 6,000 in 2017. This is a 27% increase from 2007 to 2016, and it is said that the number in 2017 is a 25-year high.
There are five states that had the most number of pedestrian fatalities in 2017, and these are California, Florida, New York, Arizona, and Texas. These states accounted for about 43% of pedestrian fatalities during the first half of 2017 despite the fact that they are home to only 30% of the U.S. population. The GHSA also claims that children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to this kind of accident.
Additionally, another particular kind of vehicular accident that is quite common and deadly is a hit-and-run. According to a study done by roadside-assistance giant AAA, there were 2,049 hit-and-run deaths that occurred in 2016. This number is the highest annual total on record, and in the decade leading up to that number, 682,000 hit-and-run crashes happened each year.
Car accidents, especially the auto-pedestrian and hit-and-run ones, are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/auto-pedestrian/hit-and-run 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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