Two Killed in Waco Head-on Collision

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 31-Jan-2013

A head-on collision in Waco claimed the life of an area pastor when the van he was driving and a pickup truck collided at the intersection of Old Lorena and Church Roads, officials said. The driver of the pickup truck was also killed in the wreck.

Authorities identified the pastor who was killed while driving a 2010 Honda van as Jim Gray.

The driver of the pickup truck, who was also killed, was identified as 89-year-old Elmer Franks. Franks was freed from the wreckage resulting from the collision and transported to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center via helicopter. He was later pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital.

Witnesses reported that one of the drivers may have failed to yield the right of way, sparking the head-on collision, according to KWTX News. Police have not yet confirmed such accounts and investigations surrounding the Waco auto accident are still underway.

Failure to Yield the Right of Way Accidents

Failing to yield the right of way is one of the most common contributing factors to collisions in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. According to Texas DPS, in 2011, more than 13,000 crashes resulted from failing to yield the right of way, in Texas alone.

Some examples of failure to yield the right of way include:

  • Failure to yield prior to merging into traffic
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians and cyclists
  • Failure to yield at a stop sign or traffic signal
  • Failure to yield when exiting a private drive or a parking lot

If you’ve lost a loved one as a result of failure to yield the right of way, call our traffic accident attorneys in Waco, Austin, San Antonio and statewide Texas at 800-359-5690, visit one of the 10 office locations for our Texas personal injury lawyers or contact our car accident attorneys online for a free initial consultation today. We care. We can help.


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