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Hockley — Night Crash Kills Teacher, Injures Her Son

Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 8:58 pm    

Around 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, a second-grade teacher from Ropesville Elementary died and her teenage son was injured in a rollover crash that occurred in Hockley County.

According to investigators, 48-year-old Jill Reep and her 15-year-old son were in a pickup truck, traveling east on FM 1585, when the driver — her son — fell asleep behind the wheel and started drifting into the south ditch. He immediately woke up and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to skid and roll over near Hummingbird Road.

Reep was ejected from the vehicle and immediately died at the scene. Her son was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

It is unfortunate to hear of Jill Reep’s passing, and it’s even more unfortunate to know that she is only one of the many victims who died because of a car crash. Car accidents are a serious problem in this day and age, and yet they still happen quite often. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), car accidents happen almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, a car accident occurs that results in death. So that is roughly about 6 million car accidents every year and 90 people dying in car accidents every day in the U.S. alone.

Aside from DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs) and speeding, another common cause of car accidents is driving while distracted, which is the case for this particular accident. Taking your eyes off the road for even just a second is a huge risk, and it is not advisable for anyone to do that under any circumstances.

If you are a victim of a car accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please don’t hesitate to ask for help. The police will be there for you, but more than that, car accident attorneys are always present to help you protect your rights and get you the justice that you deserve.


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