Nashville Wrongful Death Lawyers

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: Woman sought in connection with fatal Nashville crash

by Ponce Law | September 2nd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Police are searching for a woman wanted in connection with a fatal crash in Nashville in March.

According to WSMV, 29-year-old Derrica J. Johnson is being sought on a vehicular homicide charge. Authorities said she allowed 25-year-old Robert McMutuary to drive her Chevrolet Impala while drunk on March 21.

McMutuary was driving the car on Haywood Lane when he crossed over a double yellow line and slammed into a Nissan Altima. A backseat passenger in the Impala, 62-year-old Edward Wilkins Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene. Johnson was a passenger in the front seat. Two people in the Altima were not critically injured.

Investigators said McMutuary was driving with a blood alcohol level of more than three times the legal limit. He is charged with multiple counts of vehicular homicide as well as vehicular homicide by intoxication.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Johnson is asked to contact authorities.

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. Call us 24/7 at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online for a free consultation.

Crash alert: Man facing charges after fatal collision in south Nashville

by Ponce Law | August 20th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A man is facing charges in connection with a fatal accident in Nashville early Sunday morning, according to NewsChannel 5.

This is an update to a previous story.

Police said 23-year-old Jose Damaso-Hernandez was driving a Ford pickup truck at about 12:40 a.m. on Bell Road when he crossed a center line and struck a Scion sedan head-on.

Two people in the Scion were killed. Damaso-Hernandez was critically injured and a 5-year-old girl in the pickup was also hurt.

Damaso-Hernandez was allegedly driving drunk at the time of the crash. Police have issued arrest warrants against him on several charges, including two counts of vehicular homicide by intoxication and vehicular assault. Authorities say he will be arrested after being discharged from the hospital.

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. If your loved one died because of another person or party’s carelessness, the experienced 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. 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: 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 on 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.