San Antonio — Man Killed, Several Other People Injured in Drunken Rear-End Collision on Interstate 10
Posted on Sunday, December 29th, 2019 at 9:44 pm by Williams Hart
A man was killed and several other people were injured in a drunken rear-end collision that occurred in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday, December 22, 2019.
According to initial reports, deputies received a call for a stranded motorist on Interstate 10, near Leon Springs. The motorist was traveling with his wife and daughter through Texas from Arizona, on their way to Florida. The family’s vehicle had been hit by another car, and the man called 911 to report that they had been involved in a crash.
A deputy arrived at the scene of the crash to help with traffic while a tow truck was loading up the vehicle. The deputy parked off the road about 75 feet behind the tow truck.
The married couple’s daughter and the deputy were in the deputy’s patrol car while the vehicle was being loaded up on the tow truck. Meanwhile, Natalie Suzanne Saldana, 30, was traveling down the same road in her vehicle at about 90 mph and struck the deputy’s patrol car from behind.
The patrol car was sent flying about 75 feet into the tow truck, and it flipped and landed on top of the man and his wife, pinning them underneath.
The 36-year-old man was airlifted to University Hospital. He has since died as a result of his injuries. One victim was treated at the scene while the deputy and the daughter suffered minor injuries.
Natalie Saldana was charged with intoxication manslaughter as a result of the accident.
The crash still remains under investigation.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the victims in this accident. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Car accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. 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.
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.
Moreover, a particular kind of vehicular accident that is fairly common in the United States is a rear-end collision. It has been reported that there are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions in the U.S. every year, and from that number, roughly 1,700 people die while another 500,000 are injured. The National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) also notes that 87% of rear-end collisions happened simply because the driver was not paying attention to the road.
Car accidents, especially the DUI ones and rear-end collisions, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car 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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