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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: 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 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.

Crash alert: Sentencing delayed for driver in crash that killed police officer

by Ponce Law | August 28th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Sentencing has been delayed for a young woman who pleaded guilty in a crash that killed a Nashville police officer, WSMV reported.

This is an update to a previous story.

Judge Steve Dozier issued the delay Thursday in the sentencing of 18-year-old Jayona Brown, in order to review additional proof presented in the case.

Brown entered a guilty plea last month to four charges—including vehicular homicide—in connection with the July 4, 2019 crash that resulted in the death of Officer John Anderson. Authorities said she was fleeing a possible traffic stop when she slammed 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.

At the sentencing hearing Thursday, Anderson’s family gave victim impact statements.  Brown took the stand to say she took full responsibility for her actions and asked the family for forgiveness.

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: Man killed, police officer injured in Joelton 3-vehicle wreck

by Ponce Law | August 27th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A man was killed and a Nashville police officer seriously injured in a crash involving three vehicles in Joelton Wednesday, according to WKRN.

Investigators determined that the driver of a pickup truck, 56-year-old Roger McElroy, went through a stop sign at the intersection of Bernard Road and Clarksville Pike at about 3:30 p.m.

The pickup struck another vehicle that went into the northbound lanes of Clarksville Pike and crashed into the patrol car of Officer Ben Cantrell.

The driver of the second vehicle, 66-year-old Steven Toth, was pronounced dead at a hospital. Officer Cantrell sustained serious injuries that were not life-threatening, and was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

McElroy was arrested and is facing charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

Officer Cantrell, a 19-year Metro Nashville Police veteran, was headed home after completing his shift when the accident occurred.

At Ponce Law, we handle many types of wrongful death cases that are caused by negligence. If your loved one died because of another person or party’s carelessness, our Nashville wrongful death lawyers 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. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

Crash alert: Nashville woman arrested after children hit by car

by Ponce Law | August 12th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A Nashville woman is facing charges in connection with a crash that left one child dead and another injured.

According to WSMV, 28-year-old Ebony Robinson was arrested by police following the incident Sunday night at about 8 p.m. at the Overlook Ridge Apartments on Buena Vista Pike.

Police said Robinson was driving an Acura MDX in the parking lot at a high rate of speed when she struck two boys, 9-year-old Chrishon Montgomery and 7-year-old Cayden Doctor.

Chrishon was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt Medical Center, while Cayden was hospitalized with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Investigators reported indications of alcohol use by Robinson. Among the charges against her are aggravated assault and resisting arrest. She was ordered held on a $203,000 bond.

If your loved one died because of another person or party’s carelessness, our 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. Our experienced Nashville wrongful death attorneys handle many types of wrongful death cases that are caused by negligence. Intoxicated, distracted, or reckless drivers can be held liable if they cause accidents that result in other people’s deaths. Our legal staff is available 24/7 to take your call at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online.

Crash alert: Family files lawsuit in teen’s fatal fall at Nashville construction site

by Ponce Law | August 11th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – The family of a worker killed in a fall at a Nashville construction site has filed a lawsuit, according to News Channel 5.

This is an update to a previous story.

The case involves the death of 16-year-old Gustavo Ramirez, who was on scaffolding when he fell 120 feet at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites hotel project at 315 Interstate Drive on June 23 .

Ramirez’s family filed a civil lawsuit. In the suit, they said the negligence of the companies involved in the construction project caused the teen’s death.

Gustavo Ramirez worked part-time for a subcontractor at the site, Cortez Plastering, police said.

Companies have a responsibility to keep their workers save, and when they don’t take proper precautions, injury and even death can occur. If someone you love has died in a workplace injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical expenses, lost earning potential, loss of companionship, and more. Our experienced Nashville wrongful death lawyers can gather the evidence you need to build a successful claim, so you can focus on yourself and your family during this difficult time. Our legal staff is available 24/7 to take your call at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online.

Crash alert: Family files lawsuit in teen's fatal fall at Nashville construction site

by Ponce Law | August 11th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – The family of a worker killed in a fall at a Nashville construction site has filed a lawsuit, according to News Channel 5.

This is an update to a previous story.

The case involves the death of 16-year-old Gustavo Ramirez, who was on scaffolding when he fell 120 feet at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites hotel project at 315 Interstate Drive on June 23 .

Ramirez’s family filed a civil lawsuit. In the suit, they said the negligence of the companies involved in the construction project caused the teen’s death.

Gustavo Ramirez worked part-time for a subcontractor at the site, Cortez Plastering, police said.

Companies have a responsibility to keep their workers save, and when they don’t take proper precautions, injury and even death can occur. If someone you love has died in a workplace injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical expenses, lost earning potential, loss of companionship, and more. Our experienced Nashville wrongful death lawyers can gather the evidence you need to build a successful claim, so you can focus on yourself and your family during this difficult time. Our legal staff is available 24/7 to take your call at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online.