A couple of years back, an infant received fatal injuries in a head on collision involving a truck and car in Washington County.
According to Missouri state highway patrol report, the accident occurred in the morning hours of December 9, 2012 when Britney LaChance, 22 years, of Potosi, Missouri was driving her Kia Sorento. Her son Sevastian Garvin, an infant, was her only passenger. At the same time, Michael Stringer, 47 years, of Mineral Point, Missouri was driving his 2005 Dodge Ram. His family was riding with him. His passangers were Angela (44), Lillie (14), Amanda (17), and Jimmie Stringer (5).
At the time of the collision, Britney was driving northbound on Highway 21 at Route CC. Michael Stringer on the other hand, was driving southbound. The collision occurred when Britney lost control of her Kia Sorento on the wet road and slid into the path of Stringer’s truck. The right side of the Britney’s vehicle, where her infant was positioned, collided with the front of Michael’s vehicle.
The emergency crew rushed to the scene of the accident. Britney’s infant son Sebastian Garvin was declared dead at the accident site by coroner Brian DeClue. The deceased was taken to Washington County Memorial Hospital by the medical examiner. His mother, Britney LaChance was also seriously injured in the accident, and was rushed to Jefferson Regional by ambulance.
Michael Stringer also suffered serious injuries in the collision, and was taken to Washington County hospital by ambulance. Angela Stringer received moderate injuries, while her three children Lillie, Amanda, and Jimmie all suffered minor injuries. They all were taken to Washington County Hospital. According to the Missouri State Highway patrol report, Michael Stringer was the only one who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
Both the vehicles involved in the collision were badly damaged. Britney’s vehicle received total damages, while Michael’s vehicle received extensive damages.
According to car accident attorneys head on collisions can occur because of several reasons including fatigued driving, distracted driving, and impaired driving. Apart from driver’s error, head on collisions can also occur because of faulty equipment or poor road conditions.
According to Missouri Law, “It is unlawful to drive any vehicle upon any highway or road which has been divided into two or more roadways by means of a physical barrier or by means of a dividing section or delineated by curbs, lines or other markings on the roadway, except to the right of such barrier or dividing section.” Failure to do so can not only cause a collision, but it can make you legally liable for all the damages.
If you get involved in a car accident on Missouri roads, it is important that you consult with a St. Louis car accident lawyer, and discuss all your legal options. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. today at (314) 361-4242 to scheduling a free consultation.
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