ODESSA, Texas—A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the families of two men killed in the July 18 fiery crash on Interstate-20 in Ector County, Texas. The families of Kewalkumar Vyas and another person filed the lawsuit against Weatherford US, LP and its driver, Samie Lee Whittington.
A copy of the lawsuit can be viewed here.
Vyas was a passenger in a Nissan Sentra sedan. Moments before the crash, the Nissan and several other vehicles had slowed down for roadway construction. Whittington was driving a Dodge Ram 3500 truck towing a 20,000-pound piece of oilfield equipment when he slammed into the back of the Nissan at a high rate of speed. The Dodge hit the Nissan so hard that it came to rest on top of the Nissan after pushing it into the guardrail. The violent collision caused both the Nissan and the Dodge to catch fire, ultimately killing both passengers in the Nissan.
The Dodge was owned by Weatherford US, LP, and Whittington was an employee of Weatherford. Whittington was cited for failing to control his speed.
The family of Vyas is represented by attorney Kevin Glasheen of Glasheen, Valles & Inderman.
The attorneys of Glasheen, Valles & Inderman conducted a post-crash vehicle inspection of the Dodge, including a data download of the airbag control module. The inspection revealed that that the Dodge did not brake until approximately one second before impact.
“The last-second braking we found is consistent with the type of distracted driving we, unfortunately, see more and more of nowadays,” said attorney Kevin Glasheen. “Through this lawsuit, we will discover why Weatherford’s driver was not paying attention to the vehicles slowing in front of him.”
Glasheen is seeking anyone who may have witnessed this wreck or its immediate aftermath. If you have information, please call (806) 789-0734
Glasheen, Valles & Inderman, LLP is a personal injury law firm that focuses on cases resulting in catastrophic injuries and death. The law firm has offices in Odessa, Lubbock, Austin, El Paso, Albuquerque, San Antonio, and Dallas.Vyas Lawsuit