28 03 2008

The below is posted primarily because I am a disabled driver with Dystonia who is often mistaken for having a seizure. Although, an incredible tragic incident the disabled cannot be excluded from participating in this mainstream societal event. Automobiles are a necessity in Texas and elsewhere throughout our nation. I am certain the driver of this vehicle did not intend for this tragedy to unfold, but accidents do occur to disabled and able-bodied drivers. Every driver of every vehicle and their passengers are at risk for injury and death on the roadways of our country every second of every day and night until we decide as a nation to solve our transportation dilemma. My thoughts and sympathies for the loss in this family, take comfort in the life led and the memories of your loved ones will sustain you in this trying time.

Driver’s seizure results in two deaths in Irving

Posted on Thu, Mar. 27, 2008

By Domingo Ramirez Jr. ramirez@star-telegram.com

http://www.star-telegram.com/189/story/548979.html

Irving — An Irving mother and her 15-year-old daughter were killed Wednesday night after their car was hit by another vehicle driven by a motorist who had suffered a seizure, police said Thursday.

The woman was identified as Pamela Rodriguez, 40, and her daughter, Tiffany Vasquez, of Irving.

The two were ejected out of their 1994 Honda Accord, police said.

The driver of a 2007 Honda Accord, Paul William Gillian, 25, of Irving, and his passenger, Lavonne Gillian, 23, were seriously injured and taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Paul Gillian was the one who suffered a seizure, police said. Their condition was unavailable this morning.

The accident happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. at Esters Road and Pioneer Drive.

Paul Gillian was driving south on Esters Road when he suffered the seizure, police said. His foot landed on the accelerator pedal, causing the Honda to speed up to a high rate, police said. Lavonne Gillian attempted to get Paul Gillian’s foot off the accelerator pedal but she couldn’t, police said.

She managed to grab the steering wheel and swerved to miss two vehicles, police said. But their vehicle hit the 1994 Honda, police said.

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