Winters Boy Killed in Rollover Accident in Runnels County

rollover accident near Ballinger, Texas claimed the life of a 12-year-old boy and injured the 16-year-old driver of the Nissan pickup truck after he lost control, causing it to overturn on Farm Road 382.

Police identified the 12-year-old who was killed in the tragic rollover accident outside of Ballinger as Winter’s resident Preston Tunnel.

The driver was identified as Jeffrey Swapp, also a resident of Winters.

According to reports, Swapp lost control and overcorrected the vehicle, causing it to roll multiple times.

Both Swapp and Tunnel were wearing seatbelts as the time of the Ballinger rollover accident.

Tunnel was pronounced dead at the scene of the rollover accident. Swapp was transported to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo. He was later released.

After a rollover accident, especially when a driver may have lost control, victims of such a car accident sometimes have a tendency to blame themselves or wonder what they could have done differently. But sometimes, there are variables in an accident that drivers and passengers have no control over.

During a rollover crash, a vehicle should be properly designed to withhold and actually protect the occupants of a vehicle from the impact as the car overturns. The pillars of the roof should withstand the weight and impact of the accident without crushing or depleting the protective space between the roof and the occupant’s head. Instead, some, defectively manufactured vehicles merely meet the minimum safety requirements instead of looking out for the protection of consumers, drivers and passengers in a car, truck or SUV.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a car accident as a result a malfunctioning or defective auto products, call our auto product liability attorneys in San Antonio, Austin, Waco and statewide Texas at 254-870-3621, contact our personal injury attorneys online or visit one of the 11 office locations for our auto product liability attorneys in Texas for a free consultation today.

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