McAllen — Man Killed in Auto-Pedestrian Accident on Bicentennial Boulevard
Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 12:35 am by Williams Hart | Updated: Sunday, August 4th, 2019 at 8:36 pm
At around 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019, a man was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident that occurred in McAllen, Texas.
According to initial reports, Marco Antonio Ortiz, 38, was crossing Bicentennial Boulevard when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Jorge Luis Garcia, 19. Ortiz was then pronounced dead at the scene.
Garcia was discovered to be under the influence during the crash, and as a result, he was eventually arrested on a charge of intoxication manslaughter and accident involving personal injury or death, both second-degree felonies. The passenger with him, 19-year-old Ana Patricia Galvan, was arrested as well and charged with public intoxication.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Marco Antonio Ortiz. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a car accident. 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 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.
There are three common causes of car accidents, and these are speeding, driving while distracted, and DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol). DUI, in particular, is quite appalling. The NHTSA reports that about 28 people die every day because of drunken driving crashes, and in 2010, 10,228 people died in DUI accidents while about 345,000 were injured. All these numbers paint a terrible picture indeed.
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.
Additionally, 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.
Car accidents, especially the auto-pedestrian and DUI ones, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/auto-pedestrian accidents/DUI 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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