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New Caney, TX – According to, a runaway tire killed a motorist, injured a passenger and caused an accident that injured a family of four.

At approximately 7:15 p.m., Carol Hardy and her 17-year-old son were on their way home when a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction lost its wheel.  The wheel went over a concrete barrier and crashed through the windshield.  Ms. Hardy was killed instantly. The son was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

After the runaway tire struck the woman’s vehicle, it caused her to lose control and rear-end a vehicle carrying a father and his three children. The family was taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

The accident happened on the Eastex Freeway near Roman Forest.

What Causes Wheel Detachments?

Accidents involving wheel detachments, also known as “runaway tires”, can lead to serious injuries. They can also be fatal. These types of accidents are preventable and often the result of negligence. Common causes of runaway tires include:

  • wear and tear
  • improper maintenance
  • improper inspection
  • improper installation
  • defective condition

Who Can Be Held Responsible For A Runaway Tire?

When a wheel detaches and causes injury or death, an investigation is necessary to determine fault. Those who can be held responsible are:

  • owner of the vehicle
  • mechanic or repair shop that improperly installed the wheel
  • parts manufacturer
  • car dealership that sold the car 

This is a series of articles presented by to keep the Greater Houston community informed about traffic accidents and other news. These posts should not be taken as legal advice. However, if you or a loved one has been injured in a similar accident, contact the New Caney Personal Injury Lawyers at Hernandez Sunosky, LLP.  Our lawyers can help secure financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.