I'm Attorney Michael Grossman. When I hear about accidents, I use this blog to write about them and provide a lawyer's perspective. What can I say? When you're a hammer lawyer everything looks like a nail.
As a Texas attorney practicing for 25 years, I have litigated all manner of wrongful death cases. I use this blog as a place to write opinion / editorial articles on a variety of topics that catch my interest and as a means of sharing news stories relevant to wrongful death accidents.
I think the overwhelming majority of people are unaware just how common these types of accidents are and I hope this blog raises awareness to a rather serious public safety concern. However, this blog is simply a means for me to share my opinions and I would recommend that anyone who is considering seeking legal counsel should contact their family attorney.
Indianapolis, IN — Michael Foree was killed in an alleged hit-and-run auto accident involving his motorcycle and a still unidentified vehicle, possibly an SUV, that collided on July 25, 2016.
Mr.Foree was found unresponsive on the roadway by emergency personnel with his motorcycle resting on the curb near 59th Street and Georgetown Road. He was declared dead at the scene.
It is not known whether the motorcycle collided with another vehicle or if Mr.Foree was thrown from the motorcycle in an attempt to avoid a turning vehicle. It is not known whether speed or alcohol were involved in the incident.
Edgewater, FL — Three adults and a child were killed when their car drifted off the interstate and into a roadside pond in Volusia County on July 15, 2016.
The four victims of the crash were Vanyunna Wiggins, 27-years old, Katie Davis, 67-years old, Cashundra Wiggins, 32-years old and one child, Caisus Davis.
Witnesses reported seeing the 2016 four-door Nissan rental car drift slowly off the interstate and then down the embankment. They reportedly thought that the car was pulling over off the side of the road and were surprised and horrified when the vehicle continued off the road, down the embankment and into the pond.
Authorities said that some of the witnesses attempted to rescue the occupants of the vehicle but were unable to reach them in time since the car submerged rapidly.
Warwick, RI — Dr. John J. Bert MD was killed when his car drove off the side of the road and collided with a series of large boulders along the shoulder on July 25, 2016.
Dr.Bert was driving a white Mercedes Benz south on Warwick Neck Avenue at around 4:08 P.M. when, for still unknown reasons, he veered off the side of the road. Authorities do no suspect that speed or alcohol were involved but rather an underlying medical condition which caused Dr.Bert to lose control of his vehicle.
Dr.Bert was unresponsive when discovered by emergency personnel and taken to Rhode Island Hospital where he was declared dead shortly after arrival.
Dr.Bert was a highly accomplished physician, professor and a Vietnam veteran and had practiced Obstetrics & Gynecology in Rhode Islands for many years. He had also been battling cancer for an indeterminate period prior to the accident.
East Haddam, CT — John Lavoie was killed just before 8:00 A.M. on July 26, 2016 when his 2014 Dodge Caravan left the road and collided with a tree just off Route 82.
Mr.Lavoie, 60-years old and a paraplegic since 1975, had recently been convicted of shooting his ex-wife, Shelly Lavoie, and was scheduled to begin his 10-year prison sentence later that morning.
Mr.Lavoie was pronounced dead at the scene and the accident closed Route 156 to the town line of Lyme until around 12:15 P.M.
Mrs.Lavoie was allegedly having an affair with the groundskeeper around their East Litchfield home. When Mr.Lavoie discovered this it triggered a jealous rage which resulted in Mrs.Lavoie being shot.
Mrs.Lavoie drove herself to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital for treatment while Mr.Lavoie held the police at bay for nine hours before surrendering. Mr.Lavoie claimed that he had shot his wife accidentally but the verdict of his trial was guilty.
Mr.Lavoie attempted to appeal his first-degree assault conviction and continued to live freely as his appeals progressed. When they were denied, however, he was ordered to report for incarceration.
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