Former NFL player Dennis Byrd dies in two-vehicle collision

Dennis Byrd, a former NFL defensive lineman for the New York Jets, lost his life on Saturday, October 15 during a two-vehicle collision. Byrd’s career was prematurely ended when he obtained a neck injury during a game on November 29, 1992 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a 17-year-old Claremont youth was operating a 2000 Ford Explorer northbound along Oklahoma State Highway 88. His vehicle veered onto the oncoming lane, causing the collision with Byrd’s Hummer H2.

Tulsa’s athletic director Dr. Derrick Gragg expressed his condolences for Byrd’s family, saying, “We extend our sincerest condolences to Dennis’ wife, Angela, their children, and the entire Byrd family. Dennis exemplified true determination, tremendous heart, and humility throughout his life. He had a tremendous playing career at [the University of Tulsa] and professionally with the New York Jets. He overcame great personal adversity after a life-altering injury on the football field. We know that Dennis touched numerous lives and will be missed by many.”

Byrd was 51 years old when death claimed him.

Schlitterbahn investigates Kansas water slide

Schlitterbahn guest Caleb Thomas Schwab lost his life on Sunday, August 7 riding the world’s tallest water slide at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City. Police said they found his body at around 2:30 p.m. in the pool at the end of the water ride.

Police said Schwab was riding in a three-person raft on the 168-foot tall Verruckt with two women who were both unrelated to him. They incurred injuries to the face and sought medical treatment at nearby hospitals. The Wyandotte County Medical Examiner said he was not yet ready to make official statements as to Schwab’s cause of death. Schwab’s family was able to raise the $15,000 goal for Schwab’s funeral expenses using a GoFundMe fundraising web page. Kansas City police officials are conducting further investigations into the incident to find out what caused the accident in the first place.

The attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC are saddened to hear of this tragedy. We are sending our thoughts to the family of the victim in this accident as they mourn their tremendous loss.

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.

Employee dies in Lexington workplace accident

An employee of Lexington, Kentucky-based fireplace store Tyson Stone International, Inc., also known as Tyson Granite and Stone, lost his life after a slab of granite fell on him while he was working, WKYT reported on May 14.

According to Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts, the victim, who was not immediately identified by the police, was already dead when police, fire, and emergency crews arrived at the business and place of accident at just before 10:20 a.m.

Roberts noted that the employee had been trying to move, with the help of other people, a piece of granite that had been blocking the establishment when the workplace accident happened. Roberts did not or was unable to disclose whether the victim was driving or outside of a vehicle, and how many people were involved in the attempt to move the granite.

Investigators from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet arrived at the area the same afternoon to further investigate the fatal accident.

Two-vehicle accident on K-90 kills six

Local news channel and NBC-affiliated station WLEX reported that a two-vehicle accident in Wayne County resulted in the deaths of six individuals on May 1.

The fatal highway accident occurred at around 6 p.m. along Kentucky Route 90, which is about 3.5 miles west of Monticello.

According to the Kentucky State Police, at least two individuals were able to get out of the vehicular accident alive, one of whom was brought to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset and the other to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

Police investigators further noted that the victims were identified as three adults and three children and that the accident involved a pickup truck and a car. The roadway was closed while reconstruction teams worked at the scene to determine the details surrounding the crash.

The legal team at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, extends their deepest thoughts to those affected by this tragic accident.

Three pedestrians killed in Weaver Rd accident

An investigation is ongoing of a fatal pedestrian accident that killed three people, including a grandfather and his two baby grandchildren, WAVE 3 News reported on March 15.

Twins Sean and Samantha May, as well as 52-year-old Charles Napier were killed when a Chevrolet Malibu driven by 22-year-old Jessica Hood hit them at the corner of Weaver Rd. and Tamarack Circle in North Kentucky at 12:40 p.m.

Brittany Ballard, a witness to the incident, tried performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the babies along with another bystander. Susan Elam and the twin’s brother Ethan May were both injured in the accident and transported to separate hospitals.

Around 112 vehicular accidents have taken place along that particular stretch of Weaver Road, Kentucky transportation Cabinet member Nancy Wood said. However, this recent accident is the first that resulted in fatalities.

Police are attempting to determine what Hood was doing in her vehicle at the time of the crash, such as texting or otherwise using her phone.

Boeing 777 crash victims still seeking justice

Since the Asiana Airlines Inc. crash in San Francisco two years ago, 72 passengers have managed to settle their personal injury claims against the South Korean-based company. However, others are continuing in their legal battles, often without a clear path for restitution, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on March 4.

On July 6, 2013, the Boeing 777 airplane crashed into a seawall in San Francisco, killing three people and wounding nearly 200.

A number of lawsuits regarding this accident have already been filed in the United States, but many foreigners on board are prevented by international treaties from filing a lawsuit against Asiana in the U.S. and can only pursue the case in Asia or elsewhere.

One couple continues to pursue compensation for injuries including a lacerated liver, although according to their lawyer, Asiana Airlines is resisting. Another family of Chinese nationality is attempting to hold the city of San Francisco responsible for wrongful death when an emergency vehicle ran over their wounded daughter on the tarmac.

The legal team at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, is dedicated to representing clients who have had a loved one killed or injured by the negligent actions of another person or party. Call our offices at (800) 953-2373 today to learn how our attorneys may work on your behalf for financial compensation.

Cincinnati bridge undergoing demolition collapses in fatal accident

During the construction of a new bridge, the new bridge collapsed and resulted in the death of a construction worker and injury of a semi-truck driver, according to a Cincinnati Enquirer article on January 20.

The accident occurred on I-75 when the Hobble Street overpass was undergoing demolition at 10:30 p.m. After the collapse, a semi-truck crashed into the rubble, resulting in the injury of the driver. He was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, although his injuries were not serious. As a result of the crash and debris, it was reported that this stretch of Southbound I-75 would be closed for at least two days.

Emergency crews worked to uncover the body of the fallen construction worker. The person’s identity was not revealed, as the family had not yet been notified.

The attorneys of Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, extend their sincere condolences to the friends and family suffering from this tragic accident.

Lexington two-vehicle collision kills two

A head-on collision between two vehicles in Lexington, Kentucky caused the deaths of two individuals and injured two others, according to

The accident occurred last Wednesday, January 14 on Versailles Road near Terrace View Drive at around 3:15. Police investigators collected evidence from the accident scene several hours and provided alternative routes for motorists. The woman in the first vehicle is expected to recover, but two of the three young men in the other vehicle died. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident. The Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said alcohol may have been involved, though tests have not been confirmed.

The attorneys from The Law Offices of Wilson & McQueen would like to extend their sincerest condolences to the friends and family suffering from the loss of their loved ones.

Head-on collision in Pine Knot kills two

A head-on collision in Pine Knot, Kentucky between a sport utility vehicle and a car resulted in the deaths of two individuals, WVLT reported on October 8.

The crash occurred along U.S. Route 27, at the intersection of Job Corp Hill Road. According to preliminary investigations conducted by the Kentucky State Police, 29-year-old Shea Coffey was driving an SUV when it crossed the median and hit a vehicle operated by 68-year-old Palace Anderson, who died at the scene of the accident. His passenger, identified as 47-year-old Samuel Anderson, his son, was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he later succumbed to his mortal injuries.

Details surrounding the incident, such as the factors contributing to Coffey’s loss of control, were not released at the time of the article. Troopers did report that none of the three were wearing seat belts at the time.

The attorneys of Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, offer their sincere condolences to the Anderson family during this difficult time.