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Mother discusses loss of family in car accident

For most people, the thought of a loved one dying in a car crash is one of the most frightening and horrible ideas possible. An El Paso mother recently spoke out about losing a loved one in such an event after her daughter, son-in-law and three-year-old grandson were all killed in a single deadly crash on Interstate 20 between Abilene and Fort Worth.

Four dead in I-20 crash

A couple from Canutillo, along with their 3-year-old son, were killed in a car accident when a tractor-trailer lost control and hit their vehicle. The couple and child were traveling west on Interstate 20 at the time of the fatal accident, and all three were pronounced dead at the scene by Texas State Troopers. A fourth victim, a 65-year-old man from Midland, was also killed in the crash.

Doctor kills patients with "miracle" cure

Researchers in Texas and throughout the nation struggle to find a cure for cancer. The fact that a cure has been so difficult to find makes it likely that late-stage victims will seek almost any means possible to alleviate their suffering. A Los Angeles doctor took advantage of these victims by offering them a "miracle" cure. She has now been sentenced to 14 years in prison for taking more than $1 million from dying patients. She is also suspected of causing the wrongful deaths of several of her patients who might have lived with traditional cancer therapy.

Texas sheriff's office claims no wrongdoing in inmate suicide

The Hays County, Texas, Sheriff's Office has refused to admit any wrongdoing in its actions connected to the suicide of an inmate who was incarcerated at the time of his death. The family, distraught at losing a loved one, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the sheriff and eight employees on behalf of the 25-year-old victim who was found in his cell hanging by the neck. He died two days after the incident.The Texas Civil Rights Project is helping the mother of the inmate in her legal action against the sheriff's office. The mother claims that the department violated her son's constitutional rights by failing to provide mental health counseling or services, despite the fact that the young man had expressly stated that he intended to kill himself. The suit also states that employees were aware that the young man suffered from a bipolar disorder and did not protect him from his own actions.

Dow Chemical and associates sued over explosion death

After a man from Texas was burned in a chemical plant explosion and subsequently perished a month later, his mother and son filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The suit targets the Dow Chemical Co., which owns the firm that operates the Deer Park facility. Two employees and the operating firm have also been named in the suit.The 45-year-old plant worker sustained the impact of an explosion and got third-degree burns across almost two-thirds of his body while changing a filter. According to the suit, the plant operators had prior knowledge that the ammonia recycling machine that exploded was not in proper working order, yet they failed to rectify the situation. The lawsuit also alleges that the plant did not provide its workers with appropriate safety gear to protect them from such events. The unspecified amount sought by the man's survivors includes damages for loss of income, reduced inheritance, pain and suffering and loss of companionship. The chemical manufacturer refused to comment on the death or the legal proceedings.

Texting takes to the skies, with tragic results

Texas readers might have observed other drivers who were texting at traffic stops or while stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. While it is understandable that drivers might need a distraction from gridlock, the temptation to continue smartphone use after traffic clears, instead of putting such devices down to concentrate on one's driving, might be too great. As a result, drivers might be paying more attention to their virtual conversations, rather than road conditions. That's not a good recipe for safe roads and highways ... or even skies, in the case of today's post.

Spring rains require extra caution from Texas drivers

El Paso readers know that the months of March and April may bring spring showers and budding flowers. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reports that a number of wildflowers can be seen in their spring blooms across the state, such as gold poppies and bluebonnets.

Negligent driver kills 2 Texas A&M cadets

Being accepted into the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University -- the largest military Corps of Cadets in the nation, outside the three major military service academies -- is no easy feat. Those accepted usually have impressive academic credentials, both in terms of GPA and test scores. Yet a cadet's achievements extend beyond the classroom. Those in the program also excel at the physical and leadership challenges presented by military training.

Houston man dies in construction accident

Construction sites in Texas often utilize big equipment, such as cranes, forklifts, cement trucks, transport trucks or bulldozers. That type of massive equipment is often needed due to the grandiose scale of many construction projects. Yet even smaller construction projects often require scaffolding, ladders, and excavation.

Texas may pass new laws against distracted driving

In this second post dedicated to distracted driving, a statistic from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should quickly convince Texas readers of the importance of this issue: The NHTSA estimates that 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2011, and another 387,000 people were injured.

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