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Texas Authorities Charge Louisiana Woman With Negligent Homicide in 2016 Crash

Damaged car from an accident with responding ambulance

Louisiana native, Brenda Lea Kenner, 61, has been charged with negligent homicide in a 2016 Texas crash that killed four members of a Kentucky family.

Information About Fatal Texas Crash

According to The Panola Watchman,  Kenner struck the family’s van from behind travelling on Texas Hwy 315 in Panola County. The impact sent the van into oncoming traffic, striking a truck-tractor.

A father and his three sons were among the four killed. Three others in the van, including  the mother, daughter, and additional passenger survived their injuries.

The truck-tractor driver sustained minor injuries after crashing into a utility pole.

Authorities Say Distracted Driving Caused Crash

Texas District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson accused  Kenner of not paying attention before the crash. Kenner was arrested and  charged on January 7th with four counts of negligent homicide. She was later released from the Panola County Detention Center on bond.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), distracted driving causes over 3,000 deaths a year.

To reduce the chance of distracted driving related crashes, avoid:

  • Staring at crash scenes
  • Eating and drinking
  • Using mobile phones
  • Daydreaming
  • Reaching for fallen objects

What If I Have Questions Concerning My Auto Accident?

If you were involved in a car crash and have any questions concerning your rights or who may be held liable, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced auto accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.

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