Speeding Car Pursued by DPS Sparks Fatal Accident Downroad

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 3-Nov-2011

Police tried to stop an Azle man for speeding, Tuesday morning, when he sped away, sparking a fatal accident further down the road.

According to Texas State Troopers, 21-year-old Justin Lawrence was clocked speeding in a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser near Interstate 30 by FM 3325. When troopers attempted to pull him over, he did not stop, continuing northbound. Officials were unable to stop Lawrence and “terminated pursuit.”

Minutes later, the same PT Cruiser smashed into a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 that was traveling in the southbound lane on the interstate. Lawrence was killed in the accident.

The driver of the Dodge truck, Marshall W. Bryant, of Aledo, was injured in the crash. In addition, he was carrying his two dogs, caged in the back of his pickup truck. Although both dogs are reportedly alive, the accident damaged the cages, and one dog ran away.

Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt, police said, but the driver of the truck told authorities he thought he remembered fastening his seat belt.

In some accidents, passengers and drivers of vehicles are ejected during an accident despite seatbelt use, causing some to point at defective seatbelts providing inadequate protection for occupants. Although equipment is designed to prevent serious injuries, defective design, poor quality materials or deficient manufacturing can keep it from safeguarding drivers and passengers during rollover or other accidents.

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