38-Year-Old Frederick Fountain Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash on U.S. Highway 271 N in Upshur County
Upsher County, TX. (July 22, 2020)- Frederick Fountain was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on July 17, 2020 in Upsher County, Texas. The accident occurred around 11:20 a.m. on U.S. 271 N, north of Gilmer, Texas. Police reported that the driver of a Dodge Ram truck was traveling northbound on the highway when they made an unsafe lane change and rear-ended a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria. The impact pushed the Ford into the southbound lanes where a 2019 Kenworth 18-wheeler struck it. The driver of the Dodge fled the scene of the crash. Fountain was transported to Ut-Health in Tyler where he succumbed to his injuries. Police continue to search for the hit-and-run driver.
We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Frederick Fountain. Our thoughts are with them at this time.
Hit-and-Run Accidents in Texas
According to recent studies, within a 10-year time span, nearly 700,000 hit-and-run accidents occurred every year throughout the country. Unfortunately, when hit-and-run accidents occur at night, drivers are usually under the influence, in stolen vehicles, in unregistered vehicles, or have just committed a crime and fear being caught by authorities. Drivers may also have an expired license at the time of the accident as well.
Regardless of the reasoning behind fleeing the scene of an accident, drivers should be held financially responsible for all damages and losses, especially if they were at fault. At The Benton Law Firm, we help families file wrongful death lawsuits against negligent drivers after losing loved ones in hit-and-run accidents. If you would like a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, call us today at (214) 777-7777 . We understand that no amount of compensation can replace the life of a loved one, but we still like to help families alleviate the financial burdens of post-accident expenses.
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