Wrongful Death

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.

Crash alert: Woman charged in deadly Nashville crash pleads not guilty

by Ponce Law | September 25th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A woman has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a fatal crash in Nashville this past June, WSMV reports.

29-year-old Brittnie Woodruff appeared in court Wednesday after being indicted last week by a Davidson County grand jury.

Authorities say she stole a truck from a work site and crashed into a pickup truck parked on Tennessee Avenue near 51st Avenue North. The driver of the pickup, 61-year-old Christopher Slaughter, was standing outside the vehicle. He was pulled under the truck and was killed. Woodruff allegedly left the scene and hit another vehicle before nearby citizens were able to stop her.

Woodruff is under indictment on several charges, including vehicular homicide-intoxication and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

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, especially when they were the primary income-earner of the family. 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: Widow of Brentwood officer killed in crash files lawsuit

by Ponce Law | September 24th, 2020

BRENTWOOD, TN – A lawsuit has been filed by the widow of a Brentwood police officer who was killed in a crash in June, WSMV reports.

This is an update to a previous story.

Officer Destin Legieza was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on on Franklin Road by a Jeep Liberty driven by Ashley Kroese. Investigators said her blood alcohol level at the time was twice the legal limit.

The officer’s widow, Heather Legieza, has filed a $7 million lawsuit against Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor in Franklin, where Kroese had been drinking before the crash. Kroese is charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication.

The lawsuit claims an employee at the business continued to serve alcohol to Kroese even though she was visibly intoxicated, and that the business violated state law.  The suit says that the officer’s death directly resulted from Kroese’s consumption of alcohol.

Losing a loved one is always difficult, but when the 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. If your loved one died because of another person or party’s carelessness, the Nashville wrongful death lawyers at Ponce Law will work hard to build a strong case for your claim.  Call us 24/7 at (844) 204-6765 or fill out a free initial consultation form to get started.

Crash alert: Lawsuit filed over crash that killed Nashville pedestrian

by Ponce Law | September 21st, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A lawsuit has been filed in connection with a crash that killed a young man walking on a street in south Nashville last year, WSMV reports.

The fatal incident occurred at about 9:15 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2019 on Hamilton Church Road. 19-year-old Dwayne Sims of Antioch was walking when he was fatally struck by a Nissan Altima.

The lawsuit was filed against Nashville Electric Service and claims that streetlights were not functioning at the time of the accident. The driver of the car that hit Sims was also named in the suit.

In response, Nashville Electric Service says it did not receive a report of a streetlight outage for that location near the time of the crash and said it is sympathetic to what occurred, but would not comment further.

When you’ve been injured by a negligent motorist as a pedestrian, you deserve compensation for the harm done to you and the disruption to your life. At Ponce Law, our Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys have experience investigating the causes of pedestrian accidents and holding the responsible parties accountable for their actions.   Call us 24/7 at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online for a free consultation.

Crash alert: Driver facing charges in Nashville crash that killed passenger

by Ponce Law | September 18th, 2020

ROBERTSON COUNTY, TN – Police say a Robertson County man has been arrested and indicted in connection with a deadly accident last year, Fox 17 Nashville reports.

61-year-old Stephen Avrit was driving a van for a transportation service for the disabled when the crash occurred on July 11, 2019. Investigators say Avrit lost control while driving on Briley Parkway during a rainstorm, and the vehicle hit a rock wall. A passenger confined to wheelchair, 77-year-old Betty Clark, was injured and passed away several days later.  Avrit and Clark’s nurse were not seriously injured.

According to police, Avrit had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit on the day of the accident.  He has now been indicted on charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.  Avrit was booked into the Metro jail on Wednesday.

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: Driver charged after deadly collision with motorcyclist in Nashville

by Ponce Law | September 14th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Police say a man is facing charges after his car was involved in a deadly collision with a motorcycle in Nashville Saturday morning, according to WSMV.

40-year-old Christopher Dailey is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in connection with the crash, which happened at about 11 a.m.

Metro Police investigators determined that Dailey was driving a Mercury Grand Marquis on Elm Hill Pike when he attempted to make a left onto Massman Drive. Dailey’s vehicle went into the path of a motorcyclist who was riding on Elm Hill Pike, according to police.  The motorcycle struck the passenger side of the car and the rider, identified as 48-year-old William Page, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Dailey showed signs of impairment while performing field sobriety tasks, and a sample of his blood will be analyzed.

Intoxicated, distracted, or reckless drivers can be held liable if they cause accidents that result in other people’s deaths. At Ponce Law, our Nashville wrongful death attorneys are dedicated to helping families get the compensation they deserve after losing a loved one. 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. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

Crash alert: Driver sentenced in Nashville crash that killed police officer

by Ponce Law | September 10th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A young woman has been sentenced for a crash that killed a Nashville police officer last year, WKRN reports.

This is an update to a previous story.

Jayona Brown, who pleaded guilty in connection with the death of Metro Police Officer John Anderson, was sentenced in Davidson County court to six years in prison and six years on probation.

Brown was 17 at the time of the July 4, 2019 crash. Authorities said she was fleeing a possible traffic stop when she ran a red light and slammed her vehicle into Anderson’s patrol car at the intersection of Interstate Drive and Woodland Street. Anderson’s vehicle crashed into a light pole and then caught fire.

Brown was sentenced on four charges, including vehicular homicide.  The original sentencing scheduled for last month was delayed when the judge said he needed more time to weigh additional information presented in the case.

At Ponce Law, we’re 100-percent committed to helping families get the compensation they deserve after losing a loved one. Our experienced Nashville wrongful death lawyers handle many types of cases caused by another party’s negligence or carelessness. 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 and friends.  Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

Crash alert: Police arrest woman wanted in deadly Nashville crash

by Ponce Law | September 9th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A woman is under arrest in connection with a fatal accident in Nashville, WSMV reports.

This is an update to a previous story.

29-year-old Derrica Johnson was wanted on charges of vehicular homicide following the incident, which occurred March 21. Johnson was a passenger in the front seat of her Chevrolet Impala and allegedly allowed a man to drive the car while drunk.

Police said the driver, 25-year-old Robert McMutuary, crossed over a double yellow line on Haywood Lane and collided with a Nissan Altima, killing a back-seat passenger in the Altima.

According to police, McMutuary had a blood alcohol level of more than three times the legal limit at the time of the accident. He is currently in jail on charges of vehicular homicide by intoxication and multiple counts of vehicular homicide.

Many drivers aren’t committed to safety when they get behind the wheel. Intoxicated, distracted, or reckless drivers can be held liable if they cause accidents that result in other people’s deaths. 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. 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 and friends. To learn more about how we can help, call us at (844) 204-6765 or contact us online.