The Houston performing arts community is in mourning following a fatal accident that claimed the life of a 27-year-old female singer Aug. 12. The victim was one of two members of the Houston performing arts community who perished that day from injuries sustained in unrelated car accidents. The circumstances of the Aug. 12 crash that ended this young woman's life suggest that her family and a survivor of the collision could be entitled to legal redress in civil court.
The woman, a soprano from Houston, died following a head-on collision around 7:30 p.m. in Lubbock. Police there said a pickup truck that was headed the wrong way collided head-on with a black Honda driven by a 26-year-old Houston man. The young woman was in the back seat of the Honda and was not wearing a safety belt, authorities said. She was ejected from the car and died. The Honda driver was also critically injured in the crash.
The driver of the pickup is a Lubbock man, and he was hospitalized in critical condition. Police were looking into whether alcohol played a role in the accident. The pickup driver apparently had an active warrant out for his arrest regarding a previous DWI.
According to authorities, the woman who was killed was returning from a trip to the Grand Canyon. She was a member of the choir at a Houston church and also worked as a voice coach at a theater. Her family is no doubt looking for answers. Houston residents who have lost a loved one because of another driver's negligence should be aware that there are state laws designed to help them.
Source: Houston Chronicle, "Houston singer killed in wrong-way crash," Robert Stanton, Aug. 15, 2012