A collision on Kell claimed two lives last week. A 12-year-old girl was also critically injured in the head-on collision. This crash occurred Thursday night, shortly after 9:00 p.m. This tragic collision happened when Robert Eugene Kelley, of Waurkia, was driving the wrong way on Kell. Sadly, his car struck a Honda Civic head-on.
Emergency responders arrived on the scene immediately. They worked tirelessly to free the victims from their vehicles. Sadly, both drivers were pronounced dead on the scene. The 12-year-old girl was transported to Cook Children’s Hospital in Dallas. Her injuries were described as critical, but there is no word on her current condition. Law enforcement did not comment on whether or not alcohol was a factor in this crash.
This terrible crash reminds citizens in Wichita Falls of the dangers of Texas roadways. Last year, the Texas Department of Transportation began displaying messages on digital signs next to Texas roadways. These signs display year to date statistics about traffic fatalities in Texas. Officials are hoping that these signs will be a reminder to drivers about the dangers of driving under the influence, distracted driving and not wearing seatbelts. Texas Department of Transportation spokesman, Mark Pettit, is hoping that these signs raise awareness about overall roadway safety. Pettit is quick to point out that over 3000 lives were lost on Texas roadways in 2011. In addition more than 79,000 people were seriously injured. In fact, KAUZ News Channel Six recently reported that Texas Roadways haven’t gone a single day without a traffic fatality in 12 years.
Questions still remain unanswered regarding this case. Why was Kelley driving the wrong way down Kell? Drugs and alcohol are often involved in head-on collisions when one driver is travelling the wrong way. Law Enforcement may need to conduct laboratory tests to determine if drugs or alcohol were factors in this devastating collision. An experienced wrongful death attorney can stay abreast of official investigations.
If you have lost a loved one in an automobile collision, you should contact an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. In addition to the irreplaceable loss of a loved one, families may be facing medical bills, burial expenses and lost wages of a breadwinner. An experienced attorney can be an indispensable asset during this difficult time. The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the victims in this terrible crash.