East Texas Teenager Killed in Pedestrian Accident

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 6-Oct-2011

A pedestrian accident last night, resulted in the death of an East Texas teenager after he was struck by an SUV, which fled from the scene of the fatality, officials said.

Fifteen-year-old Jacob Mikal Burrel, of Mineola, was pronounced dead after being transported to the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.

Witnesses on the scene of the pedestrian accident say Burrel was struck by a white Chevy Avalanche, which drove away, leaving the boy in critical condition.

According to passengers and drivers in vehicles driving behind the Chevy, said the SUV moved to the side of the road, for an unknown reason, and hit the teenager, who was walking along the shoulder.

Police are still searching for the Chevy, which was last seen headed North on U.S. 69. The SUV may have damage to the front of it as a result of the car accident.

The recent fatality joins the myriad of pedestrian accidents that continue to plague Texans across the state, highlighting the importance of adopting especially safe driving practices when pedestrians are sharing the roadways. Giving pedestrians plenty of room and watching for sudden movements as well as paying close attention to roadways during darkers hours is important to protecting bicyclists, walkers and runners.

In addition, pedestrians traveling roads shared with vehicles should wear bright or reflective clothing and stay in areas where they can be easily seen by drivers.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, call our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys in Austin, San Antonio, Killeen and statewide Texas at 888-335-7492, contact us online or visit one of our 11 law offices in Texas for a free case evaluation today. We care. We can help.

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