About the San Antonio Bus Accident
The San Antonio Express-News is reporting the accident which occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Thursday at the intersection of Cervalo Street and Allende Street. A Nissan Altima traveling south on Allende Street failed to see a stop sign and entered the intersection where it struck a Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling east on Cervalo. The impact of the crash caused the Trailblazer to crash into a VIA bus. The bus then struck a mailbox, drove through a fence, and crashed into the side of a house located in the 2600 block of Cervalo.
Four people sustained minor injuries in the crash. The report says the drivers of both vehicles were injured, a child passenger in the Altima, and one passenger on the bus. The injured bus passenger was the only passenger on the bus at the time.
The crash also caused a gas line to rupture.
Texas Car Crash Statistics
The Texas Department of Transportation estimates that in 2013:
- One person was killed every two hours and 38 minutes in a traffic accident.
- One person was injured every two minutes and 16 seconds in a traffic accident.
- One reportable accident occurred every 71 seconds.
Overall in 2013, TXDOT recorded a total of 3,377 traffic-related fatalities and 232,041 traffic-related injuries. Sadly, there were no days in 2013 in which a traffic-related fatality did not occur in Texas.
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Authorities Searching for Lakeland Hit-and-Run Driver
According to the Orlando Sentinel, 44-year-old Shelby K. Shull was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in the 2600 block of South Florida Avenue.
The accident occurred around 2 am, when a dark-colored truck traveling south on South Florida Avenue smashed through a series of orange traffic barrels and hit Shull – Shull’s body was thrown 80 feet. The driver fled the scene.
Police are still searching for the driver and believe the truck may have damage on its front left side.
Work Zone Crash Statistics
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 87,606 crashes in work zones in 2010.
- 37,476 injuries and 576 deaths were recorded in work zones in 2010 – that is roughly one injury every 14 minutes and one death every 15 hours.
- Between 2003 and 2007, nearly 70 percent of road construction fatalities occurred between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm.
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The San Antonio Express-News reports that convicted drunken driver Kevin Balditt, 27, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for the January 22, 2011 crash that severed the leg of a San Antonio police officer.
Officer Looses Leg in Car Crash
Three years ago, Officer Michael Thornton stopped to help a vehicle with a flat tire on the side of Interstate 35 near San Fernando Street. As he walked back to his patrol car, Thornton saw a Dodge Ram driven by Balditt heading straight towards him.
The truck slammed into Thornton, smashing him between the truck and the patrol car and then flipping him over a guardrail along the highway. The motorists he had stopped to help had to pull him back onto the road as he dangled from the 35-foot tall elevated freeway.
The officer’s right leg was severed about 3 inches below his knee. Thorton, an Iraq War veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart after surviving a roadside blast, later earned the nickname “Robocop” during his recovery.
He now wears a prosthetic and serves in SAPD’s DWI unit.
Bladitt Sentenced to 16 Years
Bladitt pleaded guilty in April to intoxication assault of a public servant. State District Judge Ray Olivarri had the option of sentencing Bladitt to between two and 20 years in prison.
Balditt will have to serve at least half of the sentence before he is eligible for parole because Judge Olivarri made an affirmative finding Balditt’s vehicle was a deadly weapon.
According WOAI San Antonio, blood tests showed that Balditt’s blood alcohol content was 0.16 two hours after the crash.
The legal limit in Texas is .08. He also had a prior DWI conviction in 2005.
Law Enforcement Officer Injury Statistics
The following statistics were provided by the FBI:
- 52,901 officers were victims of line-of-duty assaults in 2012.
- The same year, 47 law enforcement officers were killed accidentally while performing their duties:
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