A chain-reaction car crash claimed three lives along Beltway 8 at around 10:10 p.m. on Friday, July 21. Among those who died in the seven-car pile up, there was a Houston father and his two kids, a son, age 6, and daughter, age 4.
The man was driving his children in their silver Chevy along the 8 Beltway in the westbound direction as he approached an area of slowed traffic near the highway’s intersection with John F. Kennedy Boulevard. As he approached the 4100 block of the Sam Houston Parkway, a Ford F-250 pickup struck his Chevy sedan from the rear, sending it crashing into others.
Witnesses to the crash reported having seen the blue Ford truck encroaching on the decedent’s silver Chevy immediately before crashing into it. Crash scene investigators determined he might have been going as much as 90 mph at the of the crash.
Other witness statements, taken at the scene, noted that it appeared that the man attempted to brake before striking the Chevy. Crash reconstruction crews noted in their report that long skid marks left on the roadway seemed to corroborate witness accounts.
The impact of the F-250 striking the man’s Chevy sedan caused the decedent’s car to be pushed into a Chevy Tahoe in front of him. That strike caused the large SUV to overturn and strike two other cars in adjoining lanes in the process.
When emergency responders arrived at the crash scene, they found both the children and father had expired. It appeared that all had been properly restrained at the time of the crash. The kids had additionally been properly secured in their respective car seats.
Accidents such as this, which claim several members of a family, are fortunately rare. In circumstances like this, the spouses, parents or living children of the decedents may be entitled to file a lawsuit for their loved ones’ untimely deaths. A Houston wrongful death attorney can advise you of who is eligible to file such a claim.
Source: Houston Chronicle, “3 dead in 7-car chain-reaction crash on Beltway 8,” Cindy George, July 22, 2017