The lives of a Texas family were shattered recently when two of its members were killed and the other two suffered serious injuries. Police say that the car accident that shattered this family was due to a person driving in the wrong lane. Two people in this person's vehicle also lost their lives.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the family was on their way to a funeral. As they traveled on Highway 290, another vehicle was heading toward them from the opposite direction. For an as yet unknown reason, that SUV crossed over into the oncoming lane of traffic into the path of the family's vehicle.
The two vehicles collided. The husband and father died at the scene, and his 10-year-old son died the next morning due to the injuries he suffered in the impact. The mother and their 7-year-old son survived the crash, but suffered serious injuries. At last report, they were reported as being in stable condition.
The 30-year-old woman driving the SUV also died in the crash, but she was not alone in the vehicle. A 2-year-old boy was in the vehicle with her, and he died also. It was not known if he was related to the driver, and his parents had not been notified of his death at the time of this writing.
The surviving wife and mother retains the right to file wrongful death and personal injury claims against the estate of the SUV driver. The parents of the deceased toddler may also have the right to file a similar claim. If the evidence shows the deceased SUV driver to be at fault for the car accident, the court could award the surviving family members damages. Any restitution received will not bring back their loved ones, but it can help with the expenses that are incurred in the aftermath of premature deaths.
Source: keyetv.com, "DPS identifies fatal Hwy. 290 crash victims", Lindsay Liepman, March 4, 2016