In yet another reminder that tragedy doesn’t take a holiday, several Massachusetts motor vehicle accidents marked this July 4 weekend, resulting in the deaths of eight people. Four fatal car crashes occurred in just one night.
In Walpole, three people died July 4 when the driver of the car they were traveling in, careened off the road and slammed into a tree near the corner of East Street and High Street at about 1:15 AM. The driver, Jason Wayne Spurlin, 31, of Lakeworth, Florida, who was the only person to survive the crash, is suspected of drunk driving and will face three counts of motor vehicle homicide in the deaths of the three passengers in the car. Those passengers were Nick Kelly and Anna Dubois, both 20, of Walpole, and Amanda Murray, 23, of Medfield. Reportedly, Murray and Spurlin were dating and Murray had recently given birth to the couple’s first child five weeks ago. Tragically, Spurlin will have to live with this for the rest of his life. That’s a prison sentence in and of itself; and it doesn’t come with a release date.
Additionally, five other people were killed in one night (July 4) in separate Massachusetts motor vehicle accidents. In Attleboro, another single-car wreck left three people dead and a fourth passenger hospitalized with grave injuries. Police said the victims, who were not wearing seat belts, were ejected from the car in the crash. Gleidson Pereira, 23, Ivanildo De Souza, 27, and Lavdeir De Silva, 29, all of Plymouth, were pronounced dead at the scene. Samuel Torres-Mendes, 29, was seriously injured and taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. A four-car collision also occurred Saturday that killed Michael B. Lally, 19, of Braintree, and a crash in Sudbury left that driver dead.
Anyone notice the common thread that makes these deaths and injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents, even worse? The victims are all relatively young. Further, speed and/or alcohol have been initially implicated in all these accidents. The emotional and financial damages that car accidents like these cause, is immeasurable. As a Massachusetts car accident lawyer, I see it all the time, and it’s quite sad. Once these tragedies have occurred, the best that anyone in my profession can do, is secure the highest level of financial compensation possible, from those persons whose negligence or recklessness has caused these deaths and injuries. As a Massachusetts motor vehicle accidents lawyer and Massachusetts personal injury attorney, I have over twenty years’ experience in representing injured victims of Massachusetts motor vehicle accidents and their families. If you, a loved one or someone you know has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, please do contact us and we will be glad to offer you a free consultation to discuss your case and offer some free suggestions.
Here’s hoping you don’t need to make that call. In the meantime, drive safely.