DALLAS- (via the Fort Worth Star Telegram)- A motorcyclist was killed and his passenger was critically injured Sunday morning when their vehicle crashed into the back of a car that had run out of gas and left in a middle lane of North Central Expressway, police said.
The passenger on the motorcycle was taken to Presbyterian Hospital and placed in a medically induced coma, police said.
The name of the 34-year-old motorcyclist had not been released pending notification of relatives.
Detectives will refer a criminally negligent homicide case to a Dallas County grand jury for consideration against the 25-year-old driver of the car who abandoned the car in the middle of the highway.
Police responded to the major accident about 4:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes of North Central Expressway at Walnut Hill Lane.
The 25-year-old driver told police she ran out of gas, exited her vehicle and sat on the shoulder of the highway waiting for friends to arrive to help her.
Minutes later, the motorcyclist came upon the disabled car and hit the back of it, throwing the driver and his passenger off the vehicle. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
It was the 26th traffic fatality in Dallas this year.
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Commentary: It is clear that the young woman was negligent in leaving the vehicle stranded in the freeway. Numerous transportation code sections require people to clear vehicles from the road that become stranded, are involved in an accident and can be moved, or otherwise. She was negligent in leaving the vehicle in the road way and as a result, one person’s life is over, two other people’s lives are changed forever, including her own.
The family of the deceased driver will likely have a survivorship and/or a wrongful death claim against the girl who left the vehicle in the road. The passenger who is in a medically induced coma likely has severe injuries. We pray that she makes a full recovery. However, she will also have a claim against the driver of the stranded vehicle. I would hope the the motorcyclist had uninsured/underinsured coverage as well. That may help with some additional coverage for the families involved.
This is a horrible situation that no one hopes to be found in. However, this is happening more and more often in Dallas/Fort Worth. If you or a loved one has sustained catastrophic injuries or loss of life in an accident, you need to speak with an attorney about your options for going after the at-fault party.