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Two killed in Rural Texas Accident

Two people were killed in a rural Texas accident involving an 18-wheeler and a car.

Details about the Fatal Accident

KWTX News is reporting that the two vehicle crash occurred in Robertson County when Gerald Steward-Dykes, 29, attempted a U-turn and steered into the path of the 18-wheeler that was not able to avoid the vehicle in time.

Steward-Dykes and his son, Jaylan Dykes, 8, were both pronounced dead at the scene of the Texas accident.
Torilynn Thomas, 23, was also in the vehicle and remains in critical condition at the hospital at this time. The driver of the truck, Brian Ritter, 34, was not injured in the accident and was treated and released at the scene.

Important Information about Motor Vehicle Accidents

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people involved in motor vehicle accidents every year in the state of Texas:

  • There were about 3,500 crash fatalities in the state of Texas in 2015.
  • The same year, about 17,000 people were seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents in Texas.
  • There was a reportable crash every 61 seconds in the state of Texas in 2015.

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