Leander, TX (November 16, 2023) – A head-on collision reported in Leander claimed the life of a former police officer and a City of Austin employee. The accident occurred just before 12:00 p.m. on November 12.
According to the Leander Police Department, a Ford Excursion was heading west and the 8600 block of Ranch to Market Road 2243. For unknown reasons, the vehicle began experiencing either a tire-related issue or a mechanical issue. As a result, the vehicle crossed over the centerline of the roadway and collided with an eastbound Chevrolet Silverado head-on. The force of the collision caused the Silverado to go off the roadway. The pickup truck overturned and came to rest on its roof.
The driver of the Silverado, who was identified as 51-year-old Ray Shillito Jr., suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by responding law enforcement officers. No other injuries were reported as a result of this crash. The incident is being investigated at this time.
We offer our condolences to the family of Ray Shillito Jr. at this time.
Fatal Auto Accidents in Texas
More than 12 people lose their lives as a result of automobile collisions in Texas every day. These accidents add up to thousands of lives being lost on our roadways. Even though fatal collisions are reported quite often, it is impossible to prepare for the overwhelming impact that one of these accidents can have on your family. We often see innocent people lose their lives in fatal collisions due to the negligent actions of others. When drivers do not operate their vehicles in a manner that is safe, it can have devastating consequences.
Leading Factors in Fatal Crashes
Some of the main causes of fatal collisions in Texas include:
- Distracted driving: when drivers are texting or talking on their phones, they take their attention off the road ahead. This can lead to serious accidents that ultimately take the lives of innocent people. Unfortunately, we also see many drivers distracted by food, passengers, and even objects outside of their vehicles.
- Speeding: every road in our state has a posted speed limit. These speeds are designed to allow drivers to safely travel through the area. When drivers go above and beyond the posted speed limit, it can have devastating consequences.
- Drunk driving: drivers who operate their vehicle while under the influence are at significant risk of losing control and crashing into others. Impairment has a devastating impact on a person’s coordination, judgment, depth perception, ability to differentiate colors, and reaction time.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal crash that was caused by the careless actions of another motorist, your family should reach out to a wrongful death lawyer in Texas right away. You may have options available to help you get justice and hold the negligent driver accountable.
Contact Our Law Firm Now
The Law Offices of Troy A. Brookover stand by your side during the aftermath of a fatal collision. We understand the emotional toll a sudden loss can take, and we are here to help you navigate the legal process with compassion and expertise. Our team of dedicated attorneys will handle every aspect of your case, from conducting thorough crash investigations to communicating with insurance companies and gathering evidence. This allows you to focus on healing and supporting your loved ones during this difficult time.
Do not delay in contacting our team for a free consultation at (210) 226-2000. We are committed to fighting for your rights and ensuring you receive the justice you deserve. We will be your unwavering advocates, helping you through this challenging time and ultimately bring you closure.
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