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Texas athlete dies in single-vehicle car accident

One of the things parents often look forward to as their children grow is watching them participate in sports and other activities. Despite the hectic pace a Texas family often follows getting their children to scheduled activities, it is worth it to sit on the bleachers or in the audience and see the results of the hours of practice and discipline. In some cases, it all pays off when a child uses his or her talent to get a college education. However, in the blink of an eye, a car accident can shatter those dreams.

A promising athlete died this week in a fatal accident that is still under investigation. The young man was a junior guard for the Austin College basketball team. On a recent Friday night, he was the passenger in the front seat of a vehicle traveling on a narrow rural road when the driver failed to negotiate a 90-degree curve. The car skidded off the road and slammed into a tree.

Neither the driver nor the back seat passenger, both students at Austin College, was seriously injured in the accident. However, emergency responders rushed the young basketball player to a local hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. The Critical Accident Investigation Team is still trying to determine the cause of the accident.

While the Texas college is making grief counselors available for students, the family of this young man likely has many questions. In single-vehicle crashes, the driver is often at fault, although mechanical defects or other circumstances may contribute to such accidents. With the assistance of an attorney, grieving family members may be able to find the answers they seek and the compensation they deserve.

Source:, "Austin College basketball player killed in wreck", Kristen Weaver, Nov. 13, 2017

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