Preventable Tragedies

Man helping woman with flat tire hit by driver

November 02, 2019

A semitrailer driver who had pulled over to help a woman with a flat fire is recovering in a hospital after he was hit by another driver on the highway, San Antonio police say. Police say around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, the semitrailer driver noticed a woman pulled over at the Eisenhauer Road exit on I-35, trying to change one of her tires after she had a blowout. The driver decided to pull over and help the woman.

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Woman killed after multi-car crash in Spring

October 27, 2019

A woman died early Sunday following a multiple-car crash in Spring, police said. Two sedans were involved in a minor crash shortly after 4 a.m. on northbound I-45, said Commander Kevin Deese of the Houston Police Department. Officials said one of the cars pulled over to the right shoulder and another stopped in the left lane of the freeway. The driver and passenger of one of the vehicles got out and walked to the back of the car to assess the damage.

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Abandoned car caused deadly tractor-trailer crash on I-485, troopers say

October 04, 2019

Officials said an abandoned car caused a deadly tractor-trailer crash that shut down Interstate 485 near Northlake for hours. The crash happened just before 10 a.m. Friday on the outer loop of I-485 north near West W.T. Harris Boulevard under the bridge at Northlake Centre Parkway. Troopers said a tractor-trailer heading northbound on I-485 hit an abandoned black car, flipped and burst into flames. The truck driver died at the scene.

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Three drivers hit, killed in two weeks after vehicle breakdowns

October 03, 2019

Three people have died since mid-September after getting hit on Triangle highway while checking on their cars after a breakdown. The most recent incident occurred Monday night on U.S. Highway 15/501 near Cornwallis Road in Durham. Danielle Noel, 30, had car trouble and was standing behind her 2000 Chevrolet Blazer, which was stopped in the right lane with the hazard lights on, when she was hit by a car that didn’t stop, police said.

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Driver slams into, kills woman standing next to broken down car with flashing lights on 15-501

October 01, 2019

A woman was pinned between vehicles, killing her in Durham hit-and-run overnight. Danielle Noel died after pulling over to the shoulder of US 15-501 northbound around 11:50 Monday night, according to Durham Police Department. Police say Noel got out of her Chevrolet Blazer near the Cornwallis Road intersection after it broke down.

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Traffic crash kills 13-year-old girl

October 01, 2019

“A semi with a dump-type trailer was parked along the roadway not moving with its hazard lights on,” Morris said. It was waiting there to be loaded with silage that was being cut in an adjacent field, he explained. A vehicle, driven by Stephanie Chase, 37, of Ithaca, ran into the back of the semi killing Mariah Chase, 13, on impact, Morris said.

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Petara Cordero, girlfriend of Browns’ Chris Smith, killed in accident

September 11, 2019

Petara Cordero, the girlfriend of Browns defensive end Chris Smith, died Wednesday morning after a car accident on a Cleveland highway. According to a statement released by the Browns, Smith’s 2019 Lamborghini had a tire malfunction and spun into the median. Both Smith, who was driving, and Cordero, a passenger, exited the car without major injury. Cordero, 26, was then struck by an oncoming vehicle. Smith was not impaired, nor was he injured, police said.

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Decomposed body found days after crash in northwest Harris County

August 19, 2019

Deputies said the crash happened around 3 a.m. Friday on Windfern Road near Schooner Lane. Neighbors reported hearing a crash, but no vehicle was found, authorities said. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said the driver of the older-model green Lexus was traveling southbound on Windfern but lost control of the vehicle while taking a sharp turn. Deputies said the vehicle went off the road, hit a turn warning sign, a guardrail and a chain-link fence before traveling about 65 feet into the wooded area.

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WB I-96 reopens near Kensington Rd. after 30-car pileup

July 16, 2019

A Westbound Interstate 96 has reopened near Kensington Road after being closed for nearly two hours in a pileup involving more than 30 vehic Michigan State Police said an initial crash was reported on the freeway at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and involved about 30 vehicles. A secondary crash was reported after traffic had stopped for the first crash.

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Video shows 25-car pile-up in North Carolina

June 06, 2019

Video above shows a 25-car pile-up that happened Tuesday on I-40 near Raleigh. Traffic was backed up for six miles for nearly three hours. Seven people were injured. Weather is thought to be a contributing factor.

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