Wrongful Death

Crash alert: Man facing charges in fatal Bellevue crash

by Ponce Law | August 10th, 2020

BELLEVUE, TN – Authorities say a man is under arrest in connection with a crash that killed a woman in Bellevue.

This is an update to a previous story.

According to WKRN, 24-year-old Christopher Dennis is facing a charge of vehicular homicide. The accident happened just after midnight June 19 at the intersection of Highway 100 and Temple Road.

Police said Dennis was driving at nearly twice the speed limit when he ran a flashing light and crashed into a vehicle driven by Anna Miller. She was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dennis was released on bond last week after being booked into the Metro jail.

Losing a loved one is always difficult — regardless of the circumstances. But when his or her death is caused by someone else’s negligence, it can be even more devastating for your entire family. Not only are you grieving your loss, but you also have to deal with the impact of funeral costs, lost income, and loss of companionship and support. Our Nashville wrongful death attorneys  will work hard to build a strong case for your claim and handle all the legal paperwork while you spend time with your family and friends. To schedule an evaluation of your case, call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

Crash alert: Woman charged in crash that killed cop bonds out of jail

by Ponce Law | July 7th, 2020

BRENTWOOD, TN – According to a report in The Tennessean, the woman charged in a crash that killed a Brentwood police officer bonded out of jail Monday.

This is an update to a previous story.

Ashley Kroese, who is charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, spent 15 days in the Williamson County Jail. Bond had been set at $750,000 in the case.

The accident happened in late June on Franklin Road. Authorities said Kroese was driving southbound in the northbound lane when her Jeep Liberty collided head-on with the patrol car driven by Officer Destin Legieza. Her blood alcohol level at the time was twice the legal limit, according to investigators.

If convicted of the charge against her, Kroese could face eight to 12 years behind bars.

If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville car accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you 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: Lawsuit filed over fire that killed 2 in Nashville

by Ponce Law | July 2nd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A lawsuit has been filed regarding an apartment fire that killed two brothers in Nashville last year, according to a report by WKRN.

24-year-old Jamarcus Carney and 20-year-old Cedric Fitzgerald died in the blaze that broke out just before 3 a.m. on June 29, 2019 at a housing complex on Edgehill Avenue and 14th Avenue.

The family of the two victims has filed a lawsuit against Metro Nashville, citing deficiencies that posed potential safety hazards at the complex, including code violations.  Among the problems cited were smoke detectors and alarms that were not functioning or were functioning improperly.


If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville wrongful death lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you 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: Boy dies after gate accident in Nashville

by Ponce Law | July 1st, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A young boy has died following an accident involving an automated gate in Nashville, WCYB reported.

The incident happened June 11 at the new Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency Towers at 816 South 6th Street.  According to Metro Police, the 7-year-old was playing with the gate when he rolled into a motor shaft and became trapped.

Police responded to the scene and extricated the child from the machinery.  He had sustained a severe head injury and was transported to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in critical condition.  The boy passed away Tuesday morning.

Investigators believe it was an unfortunate accident, police said.

If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville wrongful death lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you 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.

Woman hurt in crash that killed police officer files suit

by Ponce Law | June 26th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A woman injured in a 2019 crash that killed a Metro Nashville police officer is filing a lawsuit against the city, according to a report in The Tennessean.

Antona Esaw was a passenger in the Ford Fusion driven by Jayona Brown that crashed into the patrol car driven by Officer John Anderson. The accident happened at 3:05 a.m. July 4 at the intersection of Interstate Drive and Woodland Street.

Police said Brown sped through a blinking red light and hit Anderson’s car.  The 28-year-old officer was pronounced dead at the scene.

Esaw suffered serious injuries and is suing the city for $300,000 in damages to cover the costs of her health care along with other financial damages stemming from the accident.  She says the police department admitted that if Anderson had complied with state law and department policies and procedures, the crash would not have occurred.

Police found that Anderson’s car was traveling at a rate of speed over the limit allowed by police policy on that stretch of Woodland Street.

Brown remains in custody on vehicular  homicide charges and a hearing in the case is set for July 29.  Esaw was not charged.


If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville car accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you 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.

Man indicted in crash that killed 2 students in Nashville

by Ponce Law | June 25th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A man has been arrested in connection with a 2019 crash in South Nashville that killed two college students, WKRN reported.

27-year-old David Torres was indicted earlier this month on two counts of vehicular homicide by intoxication.  The charges stem from an accident last November 28.

Police say Torres was behind the wheel of a pickup truck that crashed into a car near the intersection of Nolensville Pike and Harding Place. The driver of the car, 26-year-old Vybhav Gopisetty, and his passenger, 23-year-old Judy Stanley Pinheiro, were both killed. They were students at Tennessee State University.

Torres was jailed Tuesday, with bond set at $300,000.  A date was not immediately set for his first court date.

If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville car accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you 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.

Driver in crash that killed cop had blood alcohol over twice legal limit

by Ponce Law | June 23rd, 2020

BRENTWOOD, TN – Court records show that a woman had a blood alcohol level over twice the state’s legal limit when she got into an accident that killed a Brentwood police officer, according to a report by wsmv.com.

This is an update to a previous story.

The driver, 24-year-old Ashley Biance Ruth Kroese of Thompson’s Station, crossed the center line on Franklin Road in Brentwood on June 18 and hit a police car driven by Officer Destin Legieza.  Legieza, who had been heading back to his precinct after an overnight shift, was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Kroese has been charged with vehicular homicide. Her blood was drawn upon request by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and showed a level of 0.166.  Tennessee’s legal limit is 0.08.  Footage from a traffic camera showed her driving north in the southbound lanes of Franklin Road without any headlights, authorities said.

Kroese was released from the hospital Sunday and was subsequently arrested. Bond was set at $750,000 when she appeared in court on Monday.

If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville car accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you 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.

Driver facing charges in Brentwood crash that killed police officer

by Ponce Law | June 22nd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A woman is facing charges in connection with a crash that killed a Brentwood police officer June 18, according to a report by newschannel5.com.

This is an update to a previous story.

Investigators with the Tennessee Highway Patrol say 24-year-old Ashley Kroese was traveling north in the southbound lane of Franklin Road in Brentwood when she crashed head-on into the vehicle driven by Officer Destin Legieza.

Legieza and Kroese were both taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Legieza died at the hospital, while Kroese is recovering with injuries described as non-life-threatening.

She was served with a warrant for vehicular homicide by intoxication.  Once she is released, she will be taken to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Justice Center for a court appearance, officials said.

If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville car accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you 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.

Teenager drowns while kayaking on Duck River

by Ponce Law | June 2nd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN. – A 15-year-old girl tragically drowned while kayaking on Duck River on Sunday afternoon, WKRN reports.

The young girl, who was kayaking with her parents, capsized around 2 p.m. She then became trapped underneath a downed tree and was pinned underwater. Her parents attempted to rescue her but were unable to due to the river’s swift currents.

Various emergency agencies, such as the Bedford County Sheriff Department and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, responded to the incident.

The Tennessee personal injury attorneys of Ponce Law publish these news stories to help keep those in our community safe. We represent those who’ve been hurt or who’ve lost loved ones due to the reckless, careless, or otherwise negligent actions of others. We hope you find these news stories to be informative and helpful, and if you’ve been hurt, we’ll be ready to help. Call us 24/7 at (844) 648-1678 or reach out to us online to schedule your free case evaluation with a member of our team today.

Woman killed in two-vehicle crash at intersection

by Ponce Law | June 2nd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN.-  A Nashville woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Elm Hill Pike and Massman Drive on Saturday evening.

According to News 4 Nashville, the victim, 57-year-old Rhonda Rucker, was stopped at the intersection in her Honda CRV when a driver in a 2010 Ford Mustang rear-ended her. The driver of the Mustang, 18-year-old Kevin Camaja, was heading northbound on Elm Hill Pike and reportedly failed to notice the red light.

The force of the crash sent the vehicles careening across Massman Drive and into a ditch. Rucker’s CRV caught fire, and the vehicle became engulfed in flames. Her passenger, Craig Marsh, 37, of Nashville, was able to escape the burning car but was unable to pull Rucker out. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Marsh was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Camaja was in stable condition and was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with severe burn injuries.

The crash is still being investigated, and we will continue to monitor this developing story for updates.

Were you hurt, or did you lose a loved one in a rear-end collision in Nashville? Contact a skilled Nashville car accident lawyer from Ponce Law right away for help. We’ll be ready to help you hold the negligent party accountable, and we’ll seek the maximum compensation possible for you and your loved ones. We can be reached by phone at (844) 204-6765 or by filling out a contact form.