Paul Hoffman Killed in La Porte, TX, Accident when Bolt Hits Windshield
La Porte, TX -- March 2, 2017, Paul Hoffman was killed as the result of an accident in which a large bolt smashed through his windshield on Highway 146.
Authorities from the La Porte Police Department were called to the scene in the afternoon hours. It happened near the intersection of Highway 146 and Wharton Weems Boulevard.
According to preliminary investigations, 60-year-old Hoffman was driving a Ford SUV down Highway 146. Somehow, a large bolt, approximately 10 inches long, smashed through his windshield. The debris struck the driver in the neck, causing him to suffer severe injuries and crash into the center guardrail.
EMS arrived on the scene and transported Hoffman over to Clearlake Regional Hospital for intensive care. He eventually succumbed to his injuries.
At this time, there are no details about where the debris came from. Authorities are still investigating the accident.
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Considering authorities say they don't know where the bolt came from, many people are going to look at this and assume that getting justice for this man's death will be impossible. After all, how can you trace a random piece of debris to a driver? Believe it or not, there have been many similar accidents in the past where authorities were able to locate the driver that lost the cargo simply due to reports talking about it.
Sometimes the driver that lost the cargo knows that they lost the cargo when they get to their destination and see it missing. Sometimes they actually know about the accident itself. They might tell friends or co-workers what happened, and they see the reports talking about the accident. When someone is killed, some of these people know they have to do the right thing, and they come forward with information that leads to the driver. There are even times where the driver sees the accident on the news, connects the dots, and comes forward and admits his or her mistake.
For the sake of those affected by this accident, let's hope this happens. Over the years, I can't tell you how many times I've seen "not all that likely," become reality.
--Grossman Law Offices