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Victim Identified in Vidor Pedestrian Accident

Author Jarod Cassidy

Authorities have identified the pedestrian who was killed in hit-and-run Tuesday morning as 46-year-old Carlton Newman of Gilmer, Texas.

About the Fatal Vidor Hit-and-Run

According to 12 News, Newman was killed before 5 am Tuesday when he was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Concord Street and the Interstate 10 service road in Vidor. The incident was reported by a nearby resident who found Newman’s body in a ditch.

Authorities have recovered pieces from a vehicle which they believe struck Newman and are now searching for the driver. The driver faces possible charges of manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid.

Vidor Police Chief Dave Shows believes Newman was traveling to or from his job when the fatal incident occurred.

Texas Traffic Accident Statistics

  • The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recorded 3,377 traffic related deaths in 2013. This marked a 1.05 percent decrease from the 3,413 deaths recorded in 2012.
  • 767 of those deaths were attributed to collisions that occurred in or were related to intersections.
  • Pedestrian accidents were responsible for 485 deaths in 2013.
  • TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in an auto accident in Texas every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.

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1 Dead in Texarkana Motorcycle Crash

Author Jarod Cassidy

On motorcyclist is dead and another remains hospitalized following a crash along Mall Drive in Texarkana, Texas.

About the Texarkana Motorcycle Accident

According to KETK, the incident occurred around 5:00 pm Sunday when a van driven by 73-year-old David Wood pulled in front of the motorcycle while making a turn onto Mall Drive from Fair Oaks Drive.

The driver of the motorcycle, Gary Thacker, 52, attempted to avoid the van, but still collided with the vehicle. Both Thacker and his passenger, Hazel Laferny, were thrown from the motorcycle.

Paramedics rushed Thacker and Laferny to a local hospital, but Thacker died from his injuries shortly after arriving. Laferny is currently listed in stable condition. No other injuries were reported.

Authorities are still investigating the incident.

Texas Traffic Accident Statistics

The following information was obtained from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,377 people were killed in traffic collisions in 2013 – down 1.05 percent from the 3,413 deaths recorded in 2012.
  • 767 people were killed in crashes that occurred at intersections or were related to an intersection.
  • 495 motorcyclists (operators and passengers) were killed in crashes in 2013. 53 percent of those killed were not wearing helmets when the collisions occurred.
  • Using available crash data for 2013, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in a traffic accident in Texas every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
    • One person was injured in a traffic accident every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.

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Motorcyclist Dies in San Antonio Trucking Accident

Author Jarod Cassidy

A motorcyclist died in San Antonio Monday morning as he attempted to avoid a collision with a tractor-trailer on Military Highway.

About the San Antonio Trucking Accident

According to the San Antonio Express-News, the accident occurred around 11:30 am at the intersection of Loop 1604 and Northwest Military Highway.

The motorcyclist was traveling southbound on Military Highway when the 18-wheeler attempted to make a left hand turn from Military onto the westbound Loop 1604 access road.

The motorcyclist attempted to lay down his motorcycle, but hit his head on the road – the impact shattered his helmet. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck driver stayed at the scene. Reports state that though the 18-wheeler had a green light, it did not have a protected arrow. Authorities are investigating the accident.

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