One person has died from a single-vehicle crash, where five people were ejected over the weekend. The wreck happened on the 3000 block of Kell West Freeway at about 1:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. According to KFDX News Channel Three, a GMC Envoy was headed east, when for currently unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the vehicle, and it rolled multiple times. All five teenagers inside of the vehicle were ejected. The 18-year-old driver Marquis Dennis was air lifted to a hospital in Dallas, and there is currently no word on his condition.
One of the passengers, 18-year-old Lakarl Williams, passed away at United Regional Hospital on Monday afternoon. Kamary Williams, also 18 years old, was thankfully listed in good condition as of Monday afternoon. No information has been released on the conditions of the minor passengers, 17-year-old Derrick Harley and 16-year-old Xavion Smith-William. Law enforcement officials haven’t released any information on whether or not any of the occupants were wearing their seat belts at the time of the wreck, as this crash is likely still under investigation.
Seat Belt Safety in North Texas
Buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash. Some people still think that if their car has air bags, they don’t have to buckle up. Nothing could be further from the truth. Air bags definitely improve safety, but only when vehicle occupants are buckled up.
Drivers and passengers in North Texas and across the state need to fasten their safety belts, for every trip. Even if you’re just going around the corner, buckle up. Children should always be buckled up or properly secured in age and size appropriate safety seats too.
Seat Belt Safety Facts
- In 2012, seat belts saved an estimated 12,174 lives.
- From 2008 to 2012, seat belts saved nearly 63,000 lives.
- Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and death by about 50 percent.
- Adults ages 18 to 34 years old are less likely to wear seat belts than adults ages 35 years and older.
- Men are 10 percent less likely to wear seat belts than women.
Protecting yourself and your loved ones starts with buckling up. The team at Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Lakarl Williams and wishes everybody else involved in the crash speedy and full recoveries.