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Sheriff’s Office Raises Money for Child Injured in Trucking Accident

Destiny Baker2 years ago

The Cooke County Sheriff’s Office has begun raising money for a co-worker’s daughter who was seriously injured in a trucking accident last week.

About the Trucking Accident

Last week, four-year-old Julia Eugster suffered multiple, serious injuries after the car she was riding in collided with a tractor-trailer in Wise County. According to KTEN, Julia was on the way to a pumpkin patch with her grandmother as part of a preschool field trip.

Julia was air lifted to a Fort Worth hospital where it was determined that she had suffered two broken ankles, a broken clavicle, a skull fracture, a broken arm and a spinal cord injury. Her grandmother was killed in the collision.

Now, co-workers of Anita’s mother, Amy Eugster, at the Cooke County Sheriff’s office are working to raise money for the injured child. The fund, “Julia Never Got to See the Pumpkins,” was opened though Go Fund Me as a way to help pay for Julia’s rising medical expenses.

So far, donations have exceeded $7,000 of the $10,000 goal.

Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 3,921 trucking accident fatalities in 2012.
  • This marked a 4-percent increase from the 3,781 trucking accident deaths recorded in 2011.
  • NHTSA also recorded an 18-percent increase in the number of people injured in trucking accidents, rising from 88,000 in 2011 to 104,000 in 2012.
  • Of those killed in trucking collisions:
    • 697 were occupants of large trucks
    • 2,843 were occupants of other vehicles
    • 381 were non-passengers including pedestrians and pedalcyclists

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