19 Year Old Passenger Killed in Car Accident

On Sunday night a 19 year woman from Tampa suffered fatal injuries in a car accident on Interstate 75.

Tessa Byers was the passenger in a vehicle driven by Russel Colleran, also 19-years-old, when the vehicle veered off of the road. The 2009 Dodge Caliber rolled several times, causing serious injuries to Colleran and ejecting Byers from the vehicle.

Colleran was taken to the hospital and was listed in serious condition. Byers was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by authorities. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation and no charges have been filed.

If you have been involved in a serious accident in which another person was injured or killed, no matter if the cause was due to reckless driving or another driver's actions, you may need legal protection on your side. Whether or not you directly caused the accident you could potentially face criminal charges if drugs or alcohol were involved such as in DUI accidents, or in other certain situations. You could even face manslaughter charges in more serious cases in which an individual is killed.

Attorneys Thomas & Paulk have extensive experience in defending those charged with causing the serious injury or death of another individual, whether accidentally or with alleged criminal intent.

Contact a Tampa criminal defense attorney at the firm today if you are facing charges to find out how we may be able to help defend your case.