Kaufman, Texas — 29-year-old Heather Dee Evans was killed in an accident which occurred at around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night (10/11/2013), when her 2006 Honda Accord crashed into a utility pole on the eastbound side of State Highway 243 one mile east of County Road 101.
According to troopers, Ms. Evans was driving eastbound on State Highway 243 when her car veered off the road and into a utility pole. Mrs. Evans was ejected from her vehicle and critically injured. Evans’ older brother, 34-year-old Brandon Cunningham, was also in the vehicle and was hospitalized at Baylor Hospital in Dallas suffering from “broken ribs, a broken jaw, broken arm and injuries to his neck,” and has already had surgery on his neck and arm according to Pat Evans, Heather Dee Evans’ mother-in-law. Cunningham also had to be cut from the car using the “jaws of life.”
Heather Dee Evans was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas where she was pronounced dead at 8:23 p.m. on Sunday, October 13th, 2013 (10/13/2013). Evans, an organ and tissue donor, leaves behind three young boys aged 5, 8, and 10. A memorial fund has been set up for them at the Kaufman County Credit Union. The family will receive friends between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at First Community Church in Crandall, with a funeral service following at 11:30 a.m. at Crandall Cemetery.
It is also worth noting that Heather Dee Evans’s mother-in-law told The Kaufman Herald “The seat belt must have malfunctioned or broken somehow because I did see scrapes and bruises on her neck and shoulder that looked to me like she had it on. Anytime I was with her, she always had her seatbelt on, so I cannot imagine that she would choose to be without it.” As a personal injury attorney, I have seen this very scenario before. Honda & their seat belt manufacturing company will, of course, contend that the deceased was never wearing her seat belt in an effort to skirt liability for this wrongful death. Right now, there’s just not enough evidence to support that she was. BUT, that doesn’t mean the liable get off scot-free. An attorney can often look into the details of a case for no cost, and even conduct their own investigation in order to prove who is liable in such an accident.