Pastor and three sons killed in multi-vehicle accident

Four individuals lost their lives in a three-vehicle accident along Texas State Highway 315 at around 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 21.

According to Pastor Jeff Fugate of Clays Mill Road Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, the victims were Israel Avelar, and his sons Kevin, 17; Daniel, 14; and Matthew, six. Avelar’s wife, Hilda, and their 11-year-old daughter, Kimberly, sustained critical injuries in the accident. The family was in Texas for the father’s graduation. He received a degree in pastoral theology from Instituto Biblico Bautista Libertad, which is associated with Iglesia Bautista Libertad in Houston.

The family was on the way back home to Lexington from Houston when a vehicle hit them from behind, forcing them into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer from the other lane. Fugate said the family had been attending Clays Mill Road Baptist Church for around 15 years and that Avelar had just begun a new church on Leestown Road.

The deepest thoughts and condolences of the attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC are with the family during this tragic time.

Man killed after colliding with Lexington fire truck

Twenty-three-year-old Cody Emery lost his life on Monday, May 2 after his vehicle collided with a Lexington Fire Department fire engine that was responding to an emergency call at the intersection of Nichols Park Drive and Man O’War Boulevard, located near Nicholasville Road in Lexington, Kentucky.

According to the Fayette County coroner, Emery’s car traversed the raised concrete median which separated the inner and outer loops of Man O’War Boulevard.

Lexington Fire Department Assistant Chief Harold Hoskins stated the firefighter manning Engine 15 had to be extricated by rescue teams as he had been trapped in the vehicle during the collision while suffering from minor injuries.

Hoskins said responding firefighters should also take care to be safe en route to their areas of rescue, noting, “We tell people early on that until you get to a scene, you’re not going to benefit anyone. You’re not going to have a positive impact on anything on a scene until you get there.”

Joan Rivers’ medical malpractice lawsuit settled

The family of 81-year-old comedian Joan Rivers have officially settled the medical malpractice lawsuit they lodged against Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan, their attorneys announced on Thursday, May 12. Rivers died on September 4, 2014, one week after she went in for a routine endoscopy procedure at the surgical center on New York’s Upper West Side.

Yorkville Endoscopy and Joan Rivers’ daughter, Melissa Rivers, said they decided to settle the lawsuit to avoid protracted litigation. Yorkville Endoscopy released a statement, claiming “We remain committed to providing quality, compassionate healthcare services that meet the needs of our patients, their families, and the community.” Rivers hosted the show Fashion Police on cable channel E! Entertainment Television and was known for her bluntness and trailblazing stand-up comedy acts.

The attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC handle medical malpractice suits such as this one because patient safety should be the primary concern of physicians. If you are interested in holding another individual accountable for their negligence in Lexington or another area of Kentucky, get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices at (800) 953-2373 to discuss your death.