The police were called to the scene of a tragic head-on collision in Somerville this past Saturday. At about 11:05 pm, they received a call about a crash that happened on LBJ Drive. When they arrived at the scene, they found two cars that had been mangled in the crash.
According to witnesses, they saw a Chevy SUV traveling in the Northbound lanes of LBJ. A man driving an F-250 was speeding toward them down the Southbound lanes. The driver, 37-year old Ignacio Aviles, lost control of his vehicle and ended up hitting a guardrail. The impact sent his car careening into oncoming traffic. He proceeded to hit the 2001 Chevy Suburban driven by Chase Sowders. Also in the vehicle was championship rodeo cowboy Justin Richards.
The head-on crash sent the driver of the pickup truck to CHI St. Joseph Health in Bryan, Texas. He was airlifted due to the severity of his injuries. By Sunday, Aviles condition had been upgraded to serious from critical condition.
Unfortunately, the driver and his 3 passengers in the Suburban weren’t so lucky. Richards and the other occupants were all killed in the crash. Richards was pronounced dead at the scene. The other people in the car included two adults and one child. The only one wearing a seatbelt was 6-year old Payton Francis. The man driving the car was 18-year old Chase Sowders. Both he and 18-year old Jasmine Maxwell were killed in the crash. Neither of the adult passengers were restrained at the time of the crash.
Witnesses say they saw Sowders try to swerve to avoid being hit by Aviles truck. Sadly, there wasn’t anything he could do to avoid the head-on collision.
The families of the victims will likely have a wrongful death claim against Aviles.
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