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Dallas Student Killed in Freak Semi Truck Accident

Submitted by jrlaw on Feb 2nd, 2008

A 20-year-old college student was one of two reported deaths in a freak accident Wednesday. An 18-wheeler ran off a freeway ramp in downtown Dallas and landed on a car.

Ashley Parra, a political science major at the University of North Texas, was on her way to work at a local restaurant when the semi truck jumped over the freeway ramp and crushed her car with her inside. The driver, David Simonelli, was also killed in the unusual accident. Simonelli was working for Texas Land & Air Co. for about a month according to the company's CEO.

According to the police, one possible cause of the tractor trailer accident could be that the load in the back shifted causing the large truck to lose control. Police suspect Simonelli was traveling too fast on the ramp.

Accidents involving semi trucks happen far too often in Dallas. Most are cause by unsafe drivers speeding or not paying attention, and un maintained semis. If you or someone you know has been in an accident with a tractor trailer or other large vehicle, you may be compensated for medical bills, property damage and pain and suffering. contact truck accident lawyer to see if you have a case.