Car Accident Kept Rangers' Blalock out of Spring Training Lineup March 4

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 7th, 2008

Hank Blalock, Texas Rangers third-baseman, suffered minor neck injuries and whiplash after his vehicle was rear-ended while stopped at an intersection near Phoenix, Ariz. March 3. Soreness kept him out of the Spring Training lineup for the March 4 game against the Diamondbacks. His wife Misty and 3-year-old son Trey were in the vehicle but did not suffer any injuries. Rangers' manager Ron Washington took Blalock off the slate as designated hitter in order to give him time to recover.

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.

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