According to one spokesperson, the incidences of suicides among firefighters have increased dramatically. While this is tragic in and of itself, when an alleged suicide leads to the death of another, the tragedy is compounded. Recently, a Texas woman was killed in a fatal accident involving a man who was purportedly suicidal.
The deadly crash took place one late January day after the heavier traffic had thinned. Officials reported that the emergency responder was driving his pickup truck along an interstate when it suddenly left the travel lanes. The truck then overturned before crashing into another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle, a woman in her early 60s, died in the wreck.
A passenger in that second vehicle, the victim's daughter, required medical care but was expected to recover. The firefighter, whose age was not provided, also died in the collision. Texas officials ruled his death a result of a suicide. Police stated that the wife of the now-deceased man had reported him missing to the local sheriff's office the night before the incident.
The victim's family will now mourn her loss while helping her daughter to recover from her injuries. They may also have the added burden of medical and funeral expenses. Further, they may elect to contact an attorney to explore their options related to both a wrongful death and personal injury civil suits against the at-fault driver's estate. In addition, if the firefighter's supervisors had previous concerns about his emotional or mental well-being, they may share in some of the responsibility for this fatal accident that has left the lives of two families and a greater community forever changed.
Source: abc13.com, "Medical examiner: Firefighter's death ruled suicide after causing fatal crash", Feb. 7, 2017