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Tragic Middleboro Crash Kills Two, Critically Injures Two Others

August 20, 2012


Last month, an automobile accident on Route 105 near the Middleboro and Lakeville town lines left two men dead and two other people critically injured. According to crash witnesses, 27-year-old Patrick Adams of Plympton was speeding against traffic in a black pick-up truck on Independence Day when he struck a utility pole near Route 28. Next, Adams allegedly continued heading in the opposite direction of traffic until he hit another pole near the Interstate 495 overpass. Despite the two initial crashes, Adams reportedly continued driving until he struck a Ford Focus that was carrying three people head-on.

The driver of the Focus, 47-year-old Christopher Backman of Middleboro, reportedly died at Tobey Hospital in Wareham as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash. Emergency responders were required to cut Backman's critically injured passengers from the vehicle. Following the accident, 30-year-old Linda Millett was taken to Boston Medical Center by medical helicopters. Millett reportedly remains hospitalized in a coma. Her five-year-old son, Evan Tyler, was also transported by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Boston. Although Evan reportedly suffered lacerations to his face and neck, he was released from the hospital two days after the crash.

In both 2002 and 2010, Adams was cited by law enforcement officers for other collisions. He was also cited for speeding in 2002. The fatal Independence Day accident is currently under investigation by the Middleboro Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section. According to police, Adams was traveling at speeds of up to 87 miles per hour at the time of the accident despite posted speed limits of 30 miles per hour. Drug paraphernalia was allegedly found in Adam's pick-up following the deadly crash. Additionally, Adams faced heroin charges in Brockton District Court about one week prior to the fatal accident. Adams' toxicology results are reportedly still pending.

Unfortunately, tragic car crashes like this one are all too common. In Massachusetts, the victim of an impaired or reckless driver may be eligible to collect financial compensation for their medical expenses, disability, pain, suffering, lost wages, and other damages. The family members of someone killed by a drunk or impaired driver may also be able to collect the costs associated with their loved one's funeral. If you were injured in a car accident in Massachusetts, you may also be eligible to receive Personal Injury Protection benefits from an insurance company. If you were the victim in a Massachusetts automobile accident, you should discuss your case with a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as you are able.

If you or a loved one was hurt in an unexpected automobile crash, call the Law Offices of Sousa & Sousa, P.C. in Brockton at (508) 230-5300 today. Our experienced Easton car accident attorneys are focused exclusively on personal injury law. The lawyers at Sousa & Sousa have more than 37 years of combined experience helping Massachusetts clients achieve fair compensation following an unexpected injury. The Law Offices of Sousa & Sousa represents clients in Brockton, Bridgewater, Easton, Taunton, Stoughton, and other surrounding towns. To speak with a capable personal injury attorney today, please contact the Law Offices of Sousa & Sousa through our website.

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