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Excessive speed a factor in fatal Nashville crash

Nashville authorities reported that speeding could be a factor in the recent single-vehicle accident that killed one teenager and seriously injured another, an article of The Tennessean reported on December 5.

According to reports, the vehicle occupied by Riath Al-Shawi, 18,  slammed into a brick mailbox on Hopedale Drive at approximately 9:00 at night on December 4. Al-Shawi was transported to a hospital but was pronounced dead the following day. The vehicle’s driver, identified as 21-year-old Zeyad Hussein, was listed in serious condition while being treated at a different hospital. Nashville Police spokesperson, Don Aaron, noted that speeding was a factor in the crash. Al-Shawi and Hussein were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, but intoxicants were not determined to be a factor.

The wrongful death attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP send their sincere condolences to the family and friends who were devastated by the untimely loss of their loved one.

Man involved in fatal pedestrian accident facing DUI charges

Charges were recently filed against a man in Hendersonville due to the suspicion that he was under the influence of intoxicants when he recently struck two pedestrians, an article of News 2 reported on October 15.

According to reports, charges including DUI, homicide, and assault with the use of a vehicle were filed against 43-year-old Chris Solomon after he caused a pedestrian accident on Donmond Drive. A man and a woman were in the area to pick up some furniture they bought when they were struck by Solomon. The two victims, only identified as being in their 30’s, were then transported to two different hospitals. Reports confirmed that the man succumbed to his injuries. Authorities said that Solomon did not stop his vehicle after crashing into the couple. Solomon is currently held on a $300,000 bond in Sumner County Jail. Residents near the crash scene said that motorists often drive with excessive speed in the area.

The deepest thoughts of the attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP in Nashville, go the family and friends who are devastated by the recent loss of their loved on

1 killed and 3 injured in Hickman County semi-truck crash

A Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) worker recently died following a semi-truck accident in Hickman County. Two other TDOT workers and the semi-truck driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Tennessee authorities identified the TDOT worker as David Younger, 65, who was struck by a semi-truck on I-40 as he and other TDOT workers changed a flat tire in the emergency lane. The collision occurred after the semi-truck suddenly veered into the emergency lane for unknown reasons. According to Lieutenant Bill Miller with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, authorities are investigating the crash to see if there was an act of negligence on the part of truck driver. BJ Doughty, a spokeswoman for TDOT, asked drivers to remember that “When we are on the side of the roadway, you are coming through our office at 70 miles an hour.”

The thoughts and condolences from Pohl & Berk, LLP, go to the family and friends of the worker who are grieving the recent loss of their loved one.

Porsche facing lawsuit after death of actor Paul Walker

A wrongful death lawsuit was recently filed against Porsche claiming negligence in the death of movie actor Paul Walker almost two years ago, a November 27 article of NBC News reported.

Reports said lawyers representing the actor’s father claimed that some “safety features” were not included in the 2005 model Porsche Carrera GT occupied by Walker at the time of his single-vehicle crash on November 30, 2013. The lawsuit also claimed that some parts of the vehicle were found to be defective, including seat belts and “side-door reinforcements.” The lawsuit alleges that the actor may have survived the accident if his vehicle had sufficient safety features. A similar lawsuit was filed by the actor’s daughter last September. Fellow race enthusiast Roger Rodas, who was operating the vehicle occupied by Walker, was also killed in the crash.

The legal team of personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP understand how difficult it is to mourn the loss of a loved one after an accident that should have been preventable. We work to protect the rights of victims’ families by enforcing liability laws on the parties responsible for these deadly accidents. To discuss your case today, call (615) 277-2765.

1 dead in Nashville apartment complex fire

A 55-year-old woman was killed after a huge fire broke out at an apartment complex in the northern portion of Nashville, an article of wsmv.com reported.

According to reports, fire crews responded at about 1 a.m. to the fire on Whites Creek Pike apartment complex, which was reportedly caused by a pot left on the stove. After evactuating residents, a young woman yelled that her grandmother was still inside the building. Though firefighters were able to rescue the unidentified woman inside the complex, she was pronounced dead at the Skyline Medical Center at around 3 a.m that morning. At least eight apartment units were severely damaged and the fire caused around $450,000 in damages to the complex.

The Nashville wrongful death legal team of Pohl & Berk, LLP expresses our sincerest condolences to the family and friends who are mourning in the recent loss of their loved one.

Passenger killed in Nashville two-vehicle collision

At least one person was killed and two others sustained injuries in a recent two-vehicle collision that happened in the western part of Nashville, a WSMV article reported on May 21.

Reports said the accident happened at the 7000 block of River Road Pike. Passenger Holley Lee Grammer III, 47, was killed after the vehicle she was riding in was struck by another car at around 11:00 p.m. According to the 19-year-old vehicle driver Alysia Stokes, she suddenly stepped on the brake pedal after seeing something on the road. Stokes’ vehicle then swerved to the other side of the road and crashed into the passenger side of another vehicle. Stokes and the driver of the other vehicle, identified as Alison Dawn Grammer, were both hospitalized due to injuries they sustained in the crash.

Authorities initially said that neither drugs nor alcohol was a factor in the fatal accident, and no one has yet been charged in the ongoing investigation.

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