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Army Veteran Dies in Tragic Accident Day Before Veterans Day

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Olivia Finger2 years ago

A man is now dead after attempting to prevent an accident on a Dallas freeway Tuesday morning.

Veteran Killed in Tragic Accident

Brenton K. Smith, 24, was driving south on I-35 around 5 a.m. when a mechanical issue caused him to lose control of his vehicle and strike a median.

Marcus Dennis, an off-duty security guard, happened to witness the accident and pulled over to offer assistance.

An 18-wheeler, did not noticed the men nor the stationary truck and came very close to hitting the two. Unfortunately, a DART bus trailing the truck was unable to avoid the disabled truck. The bus side-swiped Smith’s truck, and struck Smith, narrowly missing Dennis.

“He was more concerned about trying to get his truck out of the road, before something like that happened”, Dennis said. “The DART bus driver could not have slowed down. There was nothing he could do to prevent the situation. If the truck ahead of him had tried to slow down like I was signaling for him to do, this would have been a different outcome.”

The bus was not carrying any passengers during the accident, as the driver had only begun his morning route. Dennis said the driver appeared to be noticeably upset.

Officials say the driver of the 18-wheeler never stopped, and no charges are expected to be filed.

Smith was married, and was a veteran of the US Army. Dennis said that his death, only a day before Veterans Day, made him sad and would like the family to know that Smith was concerned more for others, than we was for himself.

Texas Traffic Accident Statistics

  • The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recorded 3,534 traffic fatalities in 2014, marking a 3.7-percent increase from the 3,408 deaths recorded in 2013.
  • An additional 237,941 people were injured in auto accidents with 17,152 people suffering incapacitating injuries.
  • TxDOT estimates a reportable crash occurred in Texas every 66 seconds in 2014.


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