Houston — Hit-and-Run Accident Involving 2 Off-Duty Deputies on Old Humble Road-Homestead Intersection
Posted on Sunday, January 27th, 2019 at 8:32 pm
A hit-and-run accident that occurred in the middle of the intersection of Homestead Road and Old Humble Road injured two off-duty deputies last Friday, January 25, 2019.
According to the Houston Police, the off-duty deputies, Deputy Jeremy Thomas and Sgt. Chris Garza, were heading for a funeral for Thomas’ father-in-law when Nathaniel Macklin Robinson, 21, slammed his Chevrolet Impala into their motorcycles.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said that Garza was taken to Ben Taub Hospital on Friday afternoon in critical condition, but eventually, he became stable.
Deputy Thomas was also sent to a hospital where he had been recuperating well. He was released from the hospital on Saturday.
On Saturday morning, investigators were able to track down Robinson because he left a DPS citation with his address on it in the vehicle. He was cited for an improperly-placed licensed plate on September 30, 2018, and he was also charged with evading arrest in 2017.
Nathaniel Robinson was charged with two counts of failing to stop and render aid, and a probable cause judge set bond for him at $20,000.
It is great news to hear that both officers turned out to be relatively okay after this accident. Unfortunately, there are others who aren’t as lucky. Vehicular accidents like this happen quite often nowadays. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents happen almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, a car accident occurs that results in death. This can be translated to roughly about 6 million car accidents every year and 90 people dying in car accidents every day in the U.S. alone.
Moreover, a particular kind of vehicular accident that is also fairly common is a hit-and-run, and this kind of accident is undeniably dreadful. According to a study done by roadside-assistance giant AAA, 2,049 hit-and-run deaths happened in 2016 — the highest annual total on record — and in the decade that led up to that peak, there were about 682,000 crashes that occurred each year in which the driver fled the scene.
Texas is reported to be the 8th worst state for hit-and-run fatalities, a fact that is terrifying and needs to be changed.
If you are a victim of a vehicular accident, particularly hit-and-run, 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 always be there to help you, but more than that, car accident lawyers, especially those who specialize in hit-and-run accidents, are always willing to help you in protecting your rights and getting you the justice that you deserve.