Early on the morning of August 1, a fatal collision occurred near the Oklahoma/Texas border. A family of four was returning from a baseball tournament in Dallas to their home in Parker and were driving north on U.S. 287 in their Hummer. One Spencer Joe Risinger of Wichita Falls, Texas was also driving north on that road but he made a U-turn and drove south in the same lane of this divided four-lane highway. He was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe.
He collided head-on with the Behn family’s vehicle, killing himself and the four family members. Both vehicles exploded. A trucker from Atlanta was driving behind the Behn family and stated that Risinger:
•“… was swerving all over the highway, driving at a high rate of speed. I had to swerve to miss him. I looked in my rearview mirror and couldn’t see anything but fire.”
Another driver, one Paul Koester, was about a quarter of a mile behind the two vehicles when they collided. He said:
•“When the vehicles hit, flames went sky high instantly.”
Koester and someone else tried to rescue the Hummer driver, Robert Behn, and one of his passengers, but failed because of the rapid flames.
By the time emergency personnel arrived, the northbound lane was backed up for several miles. Traffic was diverted to FM 1763. The emergency personnel worked at the scene for over four hours and investigators are now trying to determine whether Risinger had been consuming alcohol.
Of all car accident causes, alcohol consumption is one of the most frequent. If you have been severely injured in a car accident caused by another person’s negligence, you may have a valid legal claim. If you are in Mobile, Alabama, and would like to learn more about your legal rights and options, please contact our office today for a free case evaluation.