Fatal Crash on Kell West

A multi-vehicle wreck took the lives of two teenagers last Friday. The crash, which happened around 5:00 p.m. on Kell West on the Harrison Overpass, also sent at least two other people to the hospital with injuries. Dalton Schwartz, 18-years old, and 17-year-old Shon Blair were pronounced dead at the hospital. They were both in a Chevy Aveo at the time of the crash. Another person, Billy Bob Skaggs-Duerr, was also in that same car. He was swiftly transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Additionally, a 30-year-old woman, Tiffanie Gonzalez, was also sent to the hospital. There is no word on either of the victim’s current conditions or the extent of their injuries. KDFX News Channel Three did report that Gonzalez was treated and released from the hospital.

Determining the Cause of a Crash

At this time, there is no information on the cause of the crash. The wreck is likely still under investigation. Law enforcement officials most likely investigated the crash scene extensively on Friday afternoon. It’s also standard operating procedure in most fatal crashes to check into whether or not drugs or alcohol could have been factors. Traffic crash detectives might also be analyzing photographs from the scene and other evidence obtained by investigators. An experienced wrongful death attorney can stay abreast of official investigations for a victim’s family.

Just the Facts: 2012 Texas Crash Statistics

  • 3,399 people died on Texas roadways in 2012.
  • 1,099 of those traffic-crash fatalities (32.3 percent) involved impaired drivers.
  • 533 people were killed in head-on collisions.
  • One person died in a crash every two hours and 35 minutes.
  • 230,506 people were injured in crashes.
  • There were no ‘deathless days’ on Texas roadways in 2012.
  • One reportable crash happened every 75 seconds.

After a Fatal Crash

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal crash, contact a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer can be your advocate during this difficult time. Surviving family members may be swamped with medical bills, funeral arrangements, out-of-town visitors and the devastating grief that goes along with losing a loved one. An attorney can stay up-to-date with investigations and get the ball rolling on the case. The team at Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Dalton Scwartz and Shon Blair. Additionally, we also wish speedy and full recoveries to the victims who were injured in this crash.