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Family Identifies DWI Victim

KRISTV– Family and friends have identified the victim of a fatal pedestrian accident fatality. The victim, 47-year-old Mariselda Ybarra was walking home from work when she was killed after being struck by a sports utility vehicle near the intersection of Ayers Street and McArdle Road around 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

When first responders arrived, they pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

Ybarra was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline, where medical examiners said preliminary autopsy results show that Ybarra’s cause of death may be related to blunt force trauma sustained in the accident.

Corpus Christi Police said the driver, 27-year-old, Robert Simmons, lost control of his sports utility vehicle, veered off the road and hit Ybarra. The incident was reported to police at 2:56 a.m. Saturday. Police say the vehicle’s driver, 27-year-old Robert Simmons, was taken to jail for intoxicated manslaughter after officers say he hit a woman with his vehicle. The vehicle flipped over after the crash and Simmons suffered minor injuries. He was treated for his wounds and was later taken into custody. Simmons, Tuesday remained in Nueces County Jail for suspicion of intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle. His bail is set at $20,000.

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is an ever growing problem in Texas and statistics predict that the numbers will increase exponentially with the number of Texas drivers and more overcrowding on roads. Especially in larger cities where the repair and addition to roadways cannot keep up with the number of drivers on the road, these problems are more evident. It is not just other vehicles that are at risk when an intoxicated person is driving, but also pedestrians who get in their path as this story shows.

Everyone is at risk when coming into contact with a drunk driver. They are not capable of controlling a vehicle and making the necessary rational decisions needed to safely operate a motor vehicle. Now two families are devastated due to the choice of one individual who chose to drive while intoxicated. The family of the woman killed will be forever burdened by the sorrow brought by this accident, as well as the family of the man who killed her.

2015 Pеdеѕtrіаn Fаtаlіtіеѕ

Aссоrdіng tо National Center for Statistics and Analysis

  • Pedestrian fаtаlіtіеѕ іnсrеаѕеd bу 466, a 9.5-реrсеnt іnсrеаѕе.
  • Thе 2015 реdеѕtrіаn fаtаlіtу соunt (5,376) іѕ thе hіghеѕt numbеr ѕіnсе 1996.
  • Pеdаlсусlіѕt fаtаlіtіеѕ іnсrеаѕеd bу 89, a 12.2-реrсеnt іnсrеаѕе.
  • Thе 2015 реdаlсусlіѕt fаtаlіtу соunt (818) іѕ thе hіghеѕt numbеr ѕіnсе 1995.
  • Thе numbеr of реорlе іnjurеd іnсrеаѕеd bу 105,000, a statistically ѕіgnіfісаnt 4.5-реrсеnt іnсrеаѕе.
  • Numbеr оf раѕѕеngеr vеhісlе occupants іnjurеd іnсrеаѕеd 107,000, a 5.2-реrсеnt іnсrеаѕе.
  • Pеdеѕtrіаnѕ іnjurеd іnсrеаѕеd bу 5,000, a 7.7-реrсеnt іnсrеаѕе.
  • Pеdеѕtrіаn fаtаlіtіеѕ іnсrеаѕеd bу 466 (а 9.5-реrсеnt іnсrеаѕе), аnd аrе аt thеіr highest numbеr ѕіnсе 1996.
  • Pеdаlсусlіѕt fаtаlіtіеѕ increased bу 89 (а 12.2-реrсеnt іnсrеаѕе), аnd аrе аt thеіr hіghеѕt lеvеl ѕіnсе 1995.

San Antonio Car Accident Attorney

As the above statistical data states, the number of pedestrian fatalities has increased by 9.5 percent since their highest number in 1996. Many more people are walking and riding bikes now due to the rise in popularity of outdoor exercising. More and more people are going for walks and runs and most of them are waiting until the sun begins to go down as a means of combating the Texas heat. Another factor producing more pedestrians on the road is the decline in the economy, the cost of vehicles and their maintenance and the lack available jobs. Many larger families find they cannot afford to own even one dependable vehicle much less two with two adults working outside of the home. If you have been the victim of a pedestrian car accident and are seeking legal advice, contact our law office for an evaluation to see if we can help.