Cedar Rapids, MI (March 10, 2021) – An automobile accident reported in the Cedar Rapids area on Sunday evening claimed one person’s life while leaving four others injured. On March 7, the Cedar Rapids Police Department responded to the site of a vehicle collision on Interstate 380.
Reports provided by the CRPD show that an officer responded to the site of a two-vehicle collision on the northbound side of Interstate 380 near 7th St Northeast. Upon arriving at the scene with the Cedar Rapids Fire Department and Area Ambulance, crews located a 2019 Ford F-150 and a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban K1500 just north of the exit for 7th Street Northeast on Interstate 380. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage.
A front-seat passenger in the Suburban, identified as 23-year-old David P. Nguyen, was declared deceased at the scene. The driver of the Suburban, 20-year-old Rylee B Wallingford and his two passengers, 23-year-old Benjamin P. Brecht and 22-year-old Skyler McDowell were all injured in the accident. Wallingford was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Both Brecht and McDowell were transported to local hospitals for treatment.
The driver of the Ford, 34-year-old Tyler Lee, was transported to a local hospital for the treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. At this time, the circumstances surrounding the accident are under investigation.
Our thoughts are with Rylee B Wallingford, Benjamin P. Brecht, Skyler McDowell, and Tyler Lee. We hope for their full recovery.
We would like to offer our warmest condolences to the family of David P. Nguyen.
Fatal Auto Accidents in Michigan
Every year, more than 800 people lose their lives as a result of motor vehicle accidents in the state of Michigan. These accidents often leave families devastated. Learning that a loved one lost their life is always a very emotional time. Knowing that your loved one died as a result of another person’s actions just makes accepting the situation even more challenging. In many cases, these accidents are preventable. In fact, over 80% of accidents are a result of drivers who are texting, speeding, impaired, or acting negligently on roadways. Drivers who engage in reckless behaviors or act carelessly while operating their vehicles continue to put the lives of other motorists at risk.
In many cases, families are forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars on funeral expenses, burial costs, and go without wages they have grown to depend upon. Dealing with the unexpected costs after the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming. For this reason, families are able to file legal claims against at-fault parties to hold them accountable for their actions. Working with a wrongful death attorney in Michigan will ensure families are in the best position possible to protect their legal rights after the loss of a loved one. In some cases, families are able to obtain compensation from those at-fault to help alleviate the costs of funeral expenses, the impacts of lost earnings, and more.
We at Vahdat Weisman, PLC have extensive experience protecting the legal rights of our clients as they move forward after experiencing the unexpected loss of a loved one due to another person’s negligence. Our Michigan pedestrian accident attorneys provide our clients with the most effective legal representation imaginable to ensure their legal rights and best interests are protected. We are committed to helping families get the justice they truly deserve for their loved ones. If your loved one lost their life in an accident as a result of another driver’s negligence, contact our personal injury attorneys in Dearborn at (734) 469-4994. Schedule a case evaluation with our team to discuss legal options available for you.
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