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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: Driver facing DUI charges following crash in Nashville

by Ponce Law | October 26th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A suspected drunk driver is facing charges following a crash in Nashville that caused injuries, according to WKRN.

Metro police said 28-year-old Esau Tennangueno-Cristobal was driving in the area of Blair Boulevard and 21st Avenue when he caused the accident Wednesday at about 4:30 p.m.

He attempted to flee the scene of the accident but was located nearby, police said.  Tennangueno-Cristobal failed field sobriety tests, failed a jail breath test, and showed other indications of alcohol use.

He is charged with driving under the influence.  Blood alcohol test results were still pending. Details of the injuries were not immediately released.

At Ponce Law, our experienced Nashville car accident attorneys have the experience and knowledge to investigate accidents caused by DUI and hold drunk and impaired drivers responsible for their actions. You shouldn’t have to pay because of someone else’s negligence. To learn more about how we can help if you have been involved in an accident, call us at (844) 204-6765 or contact us online.

Crash alert: SUV driver arrested after pedestrian struck in Nashville

by Ponce Law | October 14th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Police arrested the driver of an SUV after a pedestrian was struck and critically injured in Nashville Sunday night.

According to WSMV, authorities said 25-year-old Karson Tamas was behind the wheel of a Toyota RAV4 when she hit a man in the 1800 block of Division Street at about 8:45 p.m.

The victim, 29-year-old Brandon Mohle of Tacoma, Washington, was trying to cross the street when he was struck, police said. He was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Tamas, of Nashville, is charged with felony vehicular assault.

Police said Tamas showed signs of alcohol impairment, and a sample of her blood was taken to be analyzed for drug and alcohol content. She was released on a $10,000 bond.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for the harm done to you and the disruption to your life. At Ponce Law, our Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys may be able to help you acquire damages for past and future medical expenses related to the accident, lost wages while unable to work during recovery, and pain and suffering.  Call us 24/7 at (844) 204-6765 or fill out a free initial consultation form to get started.

Crash alert: DUI checkpoint to be set up in Nashville on Labor Day

by Ponce Law | September 4th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Police officers in Nashville will be on the lookout for impaired drivers on Labor Day.

Fox 17 reports a sobriety checkpoint will be set up on Bell Road in Hermitage. It will be staffed by the Metro Nashville Police DUI unit and other officers, starting in late afternoon and going through the early evening hours. A grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office is funding the additional police presence.

In 2019, Nashville police responded to over 800 crashes involving drivers impaired by alcohol, and the incidents resulted in over 500 injuries. 41% of the fatal crashes in Davidson County last year involved driver impairment.

People who drive under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other drugs have reduced reaction times, impaired vision and judgment, and are more likely to cause serious accidents. At Ponce Law, we have no tolerance for drunk drivers because we’ve seen the pain that their irresponsible behaviors can cause. Our Nashville car accident attorneys will hold the drunk driver responsible for your injuries accountable, and help you get the money you deserve for your medical bills and vehicle repairs. If you or someone you love was injured by a drunk driver, call us at (844) 204-6765 or fill out a free initial consultation form, today.

Crash alert: Man charged with DUI after crash in Franklin

by Ponce Law | July 27th, 2020

FRANKLIN, TN – A man was arrested on charges including driving under the influence after a crash in Franklin early Friday morning.

The Franklin Police Department said they arrested 29-year-old Weston Barrett just after 2 a.m. Police found Barrett running away from the scene after a vehicle crashed in the 300 block of Lewisburg Pike.

He was placed under arrest when responding officers determined that he was impaired. Barrett is facing multiple charges, including DUI, evading arrest, and leaving the scene of a crash. He was freed on a $5,500 bond set by a magistrate and is due back in court November 11.

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.

Pickup truck crashes into fire engine in Smyrna

by Ponce Law | June 23rd, 2020

SMYRNA, TN – A driver is facing DUI charges after officials say he crashed his pickup truck into a fire engine in Smyrna Tuesday, wkrn.com reported.

Tennessee Highway patrol responded to the scene at about 9:50 a.m. on Enon Springs Road East.

Officials said the pickup truck driver rear-ended the fire engine then fled the scene on foot with his wife, who was the passenger in the truck. They were located by Smyrna police and taken into custody.

The driver is facing several charges, including DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. His wife has also been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, as well as public intoxication.

Both were booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.
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.

Tennessee Launches New Campaign to Prevent Drunk Driving Accidents

by Staff Blogger | December 16th, 2015

Tennessee has been working to reduce drunk driving accidents for years by utilizing educational campaigns. After the last program came under heavy public scrutiny, state officials have announced funding has been secured to launch a new anti-DUI initiative.

An article from The Tennessean explains the state awarded an $11.5 million contract to an Austin-based marketing firm to create the new campaign. Documents show plans to not only focus on preventing drunk driving, but also other hazards of the road, such as motorcycle safety and seatbelt usage.

Work on the new project has already begun, with the fresh contract launching on Dec. 9. The campaign will end in Dec. 2020.

The new campaign comes on the heels of heavy backlash aimed at the state’s previous anti-DUI campaign after many of the program’s messages were deemed sexist and inappropriate. Officials stated the campaign was to be aimed at a young, male demographic, but also cited poor oversight as the reason the messages were released.

At Ponce Law, we understand the important role education plays in preventing drunk driving. That’s why our Nashville car accident lawyers are hopeful the new campaign will be successful in getting motorists to think twice before getting behind the wheel after drinking.

Can New Technology Reduce Tennessee Drunk Driving Accident Rates?

by Staff Blogger | February 6th, 2015

Despite best efforts, drunk driving continues to be a problem on Tennessee’s roadways. The newest data from the Tennessee Highway Patrol shows more motorists were arrested for driving under the influence last year than in 2013. That same year, drunk driving fatalities represented almost 30 percent of all highway deaths.

So what can we do to reduce Tennessee drunk driving accidents? What if law enforcement could predict where drunk drivers will be? This may seem like wishful thinking, but new technology may make this a reality sooner than later.

According to an article from My FOX Memphis, the Tennessee Highway Patrol plans to use software that can predict where accidents will occur to guess which roads, highways, and intersections are most likely to be traveled by drunk drivers.

The technology currently uses time, date, weather conditions, and traffic patterns to determine where collisions are most likely. A new version of the software will use similar variables to hypothesize about the locations of drunk drivers.

Officials say the information obtained from the software can be used to determine where saturation patrols and checkpoints should stationed.

At Ponce Law, we’ve seen the impact that Tennessee drunk driving accidents can have on victims and their families, and our Nashville car accident attorneys are hopeful this new technology can be used to better protect our state’s motorists from drunk drivers.

Event Aims to Reduce Tennessee Drunk Driving Accidents on Super Bowl Sunday

by Staff Blogger | January 30th, 2015

The Super Bowl kicks off this Sunday. And while the event can be a great time to come together and celebrate with friends, it can also lead to drunk driving. Officials from the state’s Department of Transportation (TNDOT) point out the chances of being involved in a Tennessee drunk driving accident increase tremendously on Super Bowl Sunday.

To help combat this problem, the Tennessee Titans are partnering with TNDOT, the Franklin Police Department, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol to raise public awareness about the dangers of drunk driving. Reports from The Leaf-Chronicle explain the campaign will kick off today at the Franklin Police Department headquarters.

During the event, a family who lost a loved one to a drunk driver on Super Bowl Sunday will discuss how the event affected them. The motorcycle their loved one was riding at the time of the accident will also be on public display during the event as a reminder of how a life can change in a split second as the result of drunk driving.

The Nashville personal injury attorneys with Ponce Law understand the risks drunk driving can pose. That’s why we ask that you choose not to drink and drive this weekend. Instead, choose a designated driver or plan a safe ride home. We hope these tips help you to have a safe and sober Super Bowl!

Help Prevent Tennessee Drunk Driving Accidents This New Year’s Eve

by Staff Blogger | December 31st, 2014

New Year’s Eve is tonight, and there are numerous festivities taking place throughout Middle Tennessee. It’s important to remember that the number of drunk driving accidents spikes during this holiday. In fact, there were 16 fatal accidents last year on New Year’s Eve in Middle Tennessee. Of those crashes, almost 40 percent involved alcohol.

To help deter Tennessee drunk driving accidents this year, law enforcement will be ramping up efforts to support highway safety. Reports indicate motorists can expect to see officers and troopers not only stopping drivers to check that seat belts are being used, but conducting saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints as well.

Clarksville Online states that law enforcement will be conducting a “No Refusal” operation during the holiday as well. This means judges will be on hand at all hours to issue warrants to obtain breath and blood samples from suspected drunk drivers, allowing law enforcement to collect the evidence necessary to obtain Driving Under the Influence (DUI) convictions.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers urge motorists to take caution when traveling this evening by pledging not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. There are plenty of options to get you home safely. The Davidson County Sheriff’s Department will be offering free rides home from several popular locations around town if you find yourself out and without a ride. Ride sharing companies in Nashville have also offered discounts and deals for partygoers tonight. You can also utilize designated drivers and programs that offer sober individuals to get you and your car home safely.

We hope you have a fun, safe, and sober New Year’s Eve!