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Wayne Township Schools Are Mourning Another Loss

Jason Reese

On the same day kindergarten teacher Erika Wells was killed in a bicycle accident, a second member of the Wayne Township Schools community was fatally injured in a car crash. Frank Wilson, Jr. was the passenger in a car involved in a collision with a pickup truck on the west side of Indianapolis.

Just before 11 p.m., it appears the pickup was traveling west on 10th street when the car in which Wilson was riding turned in front of the pickup from eastbound 10th street. Investigators believe the car was attempting to go north on Whitcomb Ave. The result was a t-bone accident, in which the pickup was unable to stop and ran into the passenger side of the car. Frank Wilson, Jr. was immediately taken to a local hospital in critical condition. He lost his fight for life shortly afterward.

Both drivers were hospitalized in good condition. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the ongoing investigation of the accident.

T-Bone Accidents: Common and Deadly

T-bone accidents occur when the side of one vehicle is impacted by the front or rear of another vehicle. These kinds of accidents are also called broadside accidents or right-angle collisions. Unfortunately, t-bone accidents are incredibly common and highly dangerous for a few reasons.

Intersections are a frequent site of accidents, comprising up to 50% of all accidents in urban environments. Amongst intersection accidents, many are t-bone accidents that occur when one vehicle is attempting a turn, like in the accident that killed Frank Wilson, Jr. The collision can take place because the turning vehicle fails to yield or doesn’t see the vehicle approaching from the opposite direction. It can also take place if the non-turning driver fails to stop at a traffic signal. There are other situations in which a broadside accident can occur, but these are the most common.

Regardless of how the accident comes about, the result can be deadly, especially for the people in the car taking the side impact. With a front or rear impact, the driver and passengers are some distance from the impact of the crash, but in a side-impact collision, there is only a matter of inches between the collision point and the person inside the vehicle. Severe injuries and death are often the outcomes, though the severity will depend on how exactly where on the side of the car the impact occurs and what side safety features exist on the vehicle.

The Indianapolis-based attorneys at Wagner Reese have a long history of winning settlements for the victims of car and truck accidents. If you believe another driver’s negligence is responsible for your injuries or the loss of a loved one, we advise you to contact an experienced auto accident attorney who will listen carefully to your story and help walk you through the steps of pursuing a claim. At Wagner Reese, you never have to pay unless your case is settled or won, and your initial consultation is totally free. Call us today at (888) 204-8440 to get started.

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