Son Witnesses Parents Being Struck by Suspected Drunk Driver in Fatal Crash

Son Witnesses Parents Being Struck by Suspected Drunk Driver in Fatal Crash


04/19/2016 // 1-800-Car-Wreck // (press release)

A husband a wife were recently killed by a suspected drunk driver in a motorcycle crash in The Colony. Reports say the crash occurred along the service road of State Highway 121 at Plano Parkway around 8 p.m. after the suspect ran a red light.

Source: CBSDFW.COM Report “Husband & Wife Killed In Crash In The Colony”

“THE COLONY (CBSDFW.COM) – A husband and wife died Tuesday night when the motorcycle they were on was hit by a possible drunk driver who ran a red light, police said. The crash happened close to 8:00 p.m. on the northbound service road of State Highway 121 at Plano Parkway, explained Sgt. Jay Goodson with The Colony Police Department.”

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One of the victims was a former city Animal Control Services worker. She and her husband had a 21-year-old son who witnessed the accident while riding on a motorcycle behind them. The family was planning to go to a restaurant to eat.

Source: DFW Report “Son Describes Witnessing Crash That Killed His Parents”

“Bryce Byington is still in shock from what he witnessed at an intersection in The Colony… Bryce said his parents were killed instantly right before his eyes.

“Me and my parents were talking about which way we were gonna go to the restaurant to get dinner. And then the light turned green and we took off… Got to the middle of the intersection and that’s when the car came up and t-boned them after running a red light.”

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The North Texas man stated to CBS 11 News in recalling the incident, “There was no helping them. I’m a military police officer so I already knew what I was looking at the second I saw it…It ain’t easy, that’s for sure. I’m kind of like on autopilot.”

Two people in the suspect’s SUV were transported to Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, and are expected to be okay. Sgt. Jay Goodson with The Colony Police Department stated to the media, “It looks like alcohol was a factor.” The male driver of the SUV is stated to have had a blood alcohol level higher than the legal limit at the time of the accident.

What Texas Personal Injury Law Says About Crash Bystanders and Mental Anguish

According to Dallas car wreck lawyer Amy Witherite, who is has no connection with the victims of the aforementioned crash, a surprising number of individuals go through the hardship of witnessing their loved ones’ involvement in a serious traffic accident. Says Witherite “there was one case in particular handled by our law firm that will always stand out to me because of the challenges faced by multiple members of the same family who witnessed their loved ones sustaining catastrophic injuries after being hit in a chain reaction crash involving an 18-wheeler. Due to the emotional toll it took on them, we pursued a bystander claim for mental anguish, which is something many in this type of predicament are not aware even exists.”

In accordance with Texas personal injury law, bystanders who are closely related to a person severely injured or killed in a traffic crash can pursue legal damages against those responsible for their related emotional distress. Witherite suggests that in cases like the aforementioned crash, it is important for families of victims to get a proper assessment of their legal options, which could prove to be an essential element of helping them move forward in the aftermath.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family of the victims.

For information on getting legal help after a serious car crash please call 1-800-CAR-WRECK.

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