Wrongful Death

News: Two firefighters injured battling fatal house fire in Rutherford County

by Ponce Law | January 7th, 2021

RUTHERFORD CO., TN – Officials say a Rutherford County house fire left one resident dead, another in the hospital, and two firefighters with burn injuries on Saturday, reports WKRN.

A county spokesperson said fire crews responded to a fire at a home on Asbury Lane around 12:30 p.m. Saturday. They were met with flames coming from the front door and heavy smoke coming from the house.

Firefighters were told on arrival that a man was inside, potentially in one of the front bedrooms. Matthew Lupo—a Rutherford County Fire Rescue captain—and another firefighter searched for the man but did not find him.

The 54-year-old resident was later found dead in the back of the home. His wife sustained burn injuries and smoke inhalation but escaped and was transported to a nearby hospital. Her injuries are not expected to be life-threatening.

Lupo and an unnamed firefighter from Almaville received treatment for minor burn injuries.

At this time, the cause of the fire has not been reported. If more details become available, we will update this blog.

If you’ve lost a loved one due to another person’s recklessness, you could be left seeking answers — and justice. At Ponce Law, our Nashville wrongful death attorneys are dedicated to helping survivors get the financial compensation they and their loved ones deserve. We’ll work hard to build a strong claim for you, and are here take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can call us at (844) 204-6765 or complete a free initial consultation form.

Road worker killed in Murfreesboro crash

by Ponce Law | December 18th, 2020

MURFREESBORO, TN – A flagman was killed yesterday in a collision at a construction site on Butler Drive, WKRN reports.

The accident happened at about 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, when a road grader that was backing up to allow a dump truck to spread gravel collided with the flagman, killing him.

The flagman has been identified as Nicholas Patrick Oliver, 21. He was working for Rollins Excavation, which had been contracted to perform shoulder work on the roadway.

Investigations are ongoing, although no charges are expected.

If you’ve been injured while working a job site, the Murfreesboro workers’ compensation lawyers of Ponce Law would like to discuss your case with you. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to significant benefits. Contact us today for a free consultation, by calling (844) 888-0576 or filling out our online form.

1 worker dead following construction accident in Franklin

by Ponce Law | December 11th, 2020

WILLIAMSON CO., TN – A young worker at a new storage facility construction site in Franklin died Friday morning following a construction accident, reports WKRN.

Fire Department officials said the accident occurred while concrete was being poured for the building’s foundation. According to Jose Periut of the Franklin Fire Department, the victim was some 15 feet down the foundation walls when the incident occurred.

He was declared deceased at the scene.

The construction site is located on Hospitality Drive off of Highway 96. The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the county medical examiner both responded to the scene, and an investigation of the death is ongoing.

The victim’s identity has not been made public, as officials wait for the victim’s family to be notified.

This is a developing story. We will update this blog if more information becomes available.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping people who suffer work-related injuries get every penny of the benefits they deserve. Filing workers’ compensation claims requires experience and knowledge of state and federal law. We’ll work hard to build a strong claim for you. Our legal staff is available 24/7 to take your call at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online.

Crash alert: Passenger killed, driver arrested in Williamson County ATV accident

by Ponce Law | November 30th, 2020

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TN – A young man was arrested and charged following a deadly crash involving an ATV in Williamson County last week, according to WKRN.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the accident happened in the 8000 block of Shoals Branch Road at about 5:15 a.m. on Thursday.

Investigators determined that 19-year-old Kameron Harris-Lusk was driving an ATV when he drove off the road and crashed into two trees. One of the two passengers in the vehicle was killed. The victim was identified as 21-year-old Elijah Sullivan of Fairview. The other passenger was not hurt.

According to the THP’s accident report, Harris-Lutz, a Primm Springs resident, was drinking alcohol before the crash.  He was charged with vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment.

WKRN reported that Harris-Lutz was a walk-on with the University of Tennessee at Martin football team in 2019.

If you were hurt or if you lost someone you love in an accident involving an ATV, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville motor vehicle accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people get the justice and fair compensation they deserve when someone else’s negligence causes them harm. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

Crash alert: Father arrested in Nashville crash that killed 4-month-old child

by Ponce Law | November 16th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Police say a man is facing charges after a car accident in Nashville early Friday morning that left a baby dead.

According to WSMV, 21-year-old Malcolm Hensley was arrested following the crash on Bell Road near Couchville Pike at 1:50 a.m.  Metro Police said Hensley drove a Ford Focus off the road and struck a rock wall.  Responding officers found the man holding the 4-month-old baby in the driver’s seat.

The safety carrier was not secured to the rear seat, police said.  Investigators said Malcolm Hensley told them he crashed when a deer ran in front of the car, but there was no evidence indicating a swerve on the road.

Hensley was arrested after leaving the hospital and was charged with vehicular homicide and felony aggravated child abuse.  An autopsy will be performed to determine the baby’s cause of death.

At Ponce Law, we’re dedicated to helping families get the compensation they deserve after losing a loved one. The expenses associated with the death of a loved one can be overwhelming. If you’ve lost a family member to a car accident, our experienced Nashville wrongful death attorneys will handle your legal claim and fight for the compensation you deserve. To learn more about how we can help, call us at (844) 204-6765 or contact us online.

Crash alert: Woman indicted in crash that killed Brentwood police officer

by Ponce Law | November 12th, 2020

BRENTWOOD, TN – A woman has been indicted in connection with a crash that killed a Brentwood police officer, according to a report by the Tennessean.

This is an update to a previous story.

24-year-old Ashley Kroese is facing charges stemming from the death of Officer Destin Legieza June 18. Authorities say Kroese was driving a Jeep Liberty that crossed the center line on Franklin Road at about 4:30 a.m. and struck Legieza’s vehicle in front of Turner Farm and Brentwood Market.  Legieza, who had been heading back to his precinct after an overnight shift, was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Police presented evidence showing that Kroese’s blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was double the legal limit. She has now been indicted by a Williamson County grand jury on numerous charges, including vehicular homicide driver intoxication and aggravated assault.

Kroese, of Thompson’s Station, has been out on a $750,000 bond since the fatal accident. She will be arraigned on the indictment Nov. 25. Prosecutors say she would face an eight to 12 years sentence on the vehicular homicide charge if convicted.

The loss of a loved one can be a devastating ordeal for your entire family, emotionally and financially. Not only are you grieving, but you also have to deal with the impact of funeral costs, lost income, and loss of companionship and support. If the death occurred because of another person or party’s negligence or carelessness, the Nashville wrongful death lawyers at Ponce Law will work hard to build a strong case for your claim and help you obtain compensation.  Call us 24/7 at (844) 204-6765 or fill out a free initial consultation form to get started.

Crash alert: Search intensifies for man who caused deadly Tennessee crash

by Ponce Law | November 6th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Authorities are intensifying their search for a man wanted in connection with a fatal crash in Bedford County.

WSMV reports the suspect in the October 2018 accident is 28-year-old Edgar Omar Torres-Rangel. Authorities said he was driving on the wrong side of U.S. 231 North near the Rutherford County line when he struck a Nissan Sentra head-on.

The driver of the Nissan, 29-year-old Keri King of Shelbyville, was killed in the crash. King’s car crashed into another vehicle and injured that driver.

Torres-Rangel had been drinking prior to the accident, investigators said.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are putting up a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Torres-Rangel, who is wanted for vehicular homicide.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the TBI.

Losing a loved one is always difficult — regardless of the circumstances. But when their death is caused by someone else’s negligence, it can be especially devastating, and you may not know how to go about demanding justice. If you are facing this challenging predicament, the compassionate Nashville wrongful death lawyers at Ponce Law want to help you pick up the pieces. When you contact us, our law firm will do everything we can to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us 24/7 at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online.

Crash alert: Nashville man surrenders in connection with fatal crash

by Ponce Law | October 26th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A Nashville man involved in a fatal crash last year has surrendered to police, WSMV reports.

The accident happened on December 29, 2019 in the area of Lafayette Street and 4th Avenue South in Nashville. According to police, 46-year-old Leon Bell, Jr. ran a red light and crashed into the driver’s side of a Nissan Altima driven by 22-year-old Colin Reno.  Reno later died of his injuries at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Bell has been charged by a grand jury with vehicular homicide by recklessness and not having insurance related to a crash involving death.  He surrendered Thursday night, and bond was set at $50,000.

Bell told police he was fleeing from gunfire nearby and was speeding away prior to the crash.

Losing a loved one is always difficult — regardless of the circumstances.  If the loss occurred because of another person or party’s carelessness, the Nashville wrongful death lawyers at Ponce Law want to help you pick up the pieces. We’ll work hard to build a strong case for your claim and handle all the legal paperwork while you spend time with your family. To learn more about how we can help, call us at (844) 204-6765 or contact us online.

Crash alert: Clarksville man sentenced for causing crash that left 3 dead

by Ponce Law | October 16th, 2020

CLARKSVILLE, TN – A Clarksville man was sentenced Wednesday night on charges stemming from an accident that killed three people in 2017.

According to Clarksville Now, Jeffrey Joiner will serve two days in jail as well as a period of state probation amounting to about three and a half years.

The accident happened Sept. 24, 2017 on Ashland City Road near Robin Hill Road, where Joiner was driving a pickup truck that collided with a car. Three people in the car were killed: 20-year-old Megan Black, 19-year-old Shayna Shidell, and 21-year-old Randall Pierce.

Joiner was charged with three counts of vehicular homicide and one count of DUI, and entered a “best-interest” plea in January.

A highway patrolman testified that Joiner was driving a Tundra at 79 miles an hour at the time of the crash on Ashland City Road, where the speed limit is 55 miles an hour.   A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Special Agent and toxicologist said that his blood alcohol content could have been between 0.13 and 0.15 at the time of the accident.

Losing a loved one is always difficult — regardless of the circumstances.  If the loss occurred because of another person or party’s carelessness, the Nashville wrongful death lawyers at Ponce Law want to help you pick up the pieces. We’ll work hard to build a strong case for your claim and handle all the legal paperwork while you spend time with your family. To learn more about how we can help, call us at (844) 204-6765 or contact us online.

Crash alert: Charges upgraded against driver in Antioch accident

by Ponce Law | October 8th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – The driver involved in an accident in Antioch last weekend is now facing upgraded charges, according to WKRN.

This is an update to a previous story.

Authorities say 31-year-old Francisco Nuffio was speeding on Bell Road Sunday at about 10 p.m. when he turned into the path of another car and caused a collision. The other driver, 24-year-old Eduar Anthony Canales Landaverde, was taken to the hospital and died Monday afternoon.

Nuffio was arrested and initially charged with vehicular assault. Following Landaverde’s death, the charge was upgraded to vehicular homicide.  Bond for him was set at $150,000.

Witnesses said Nuffio was driving with no lights on prior to the accident.

Losing a loved one is always difficult — regardless of the circumstances. But when their death is caused by someone else’s negligence, it can be even more devastating. If your loved one died because of another person or party’s carelessness, the Nashville wrongful death lawyers at Ponce Law want to help you pick up the pieces. When you contact us, our law firm will do everything we can to make this time easier on your family. We’re here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us 24/7 at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online.