One man was killed and another person was injured after a truck crashed over the Galveston Seawall Sunday morning.
Details of the Galveston Accident
Celebrations for Galveston’s Rev. John Paul Flajole’s 50th anniversary as a priest were halted early after the reverend’s younger brother, Raphael Flajole, 62, was fatally struck by a pickup.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Raphael Flajole was among a group of family and friends taking photos near Murdoch’s Souvenirs around 7 am on Sunday.
As the group stood near the stairway of the shop, a red Ford pickup turning onto Seawall Boulavard moved across multiple lanes of traffic and hit the pedestrians, before stopping on the beach.
Raphael Flajole was pronounced dead at the scene, and another pedestrian, 48-year-old Shane Sabala, was rushed to the John Sealy Emergency Room.
The driver of the truck, 49-year-old Kevin Wade Wilson, was arrested and charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault.
National Auto Accident Statistics
Following information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 33,561 people were killed in auto accidents in 2012, marking a 3.3 percent increase from the 32,479 deaths recorded in 2011.
- An additional 2,362,000 people were injured in traffic collision in 2012 – up 6.5 percent from 2011.
- Of those killed in traffic crashes:
- 21,667 were occupants of passenger vehicles
- 697 were occupants of large trucks
- 4,957 were motorcyclists
- 4,743 were pedestrians
- 726 were pedalcyclists
- 223 were listed by NHTSA as other or unkown.
- NHTSA estimates that alcohol-impaired driving contributed to 31 percent of all traffic collisions, resulting in 10,322 deaths.