Trial Lawyer Speeding Up to 79 mph in 40 mph Zone Before Deadly Crash

A celebrated Houston plaintiffs attorney was speeding at almost twice the legal limit on rain-slick pavement when he lost control of his SUV late last month, striking a tree and killing himself and a passenger who worked for him.

Police say neither John O’Quinn nor his employee, Johnny Cutliff, was wearing his seat beat at the time of the Oct. 29 accident, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Crash data from the computer in the Chevrolet Suburban that O’Quinn was driving show it was going between 76 and 79 mph just before impact, Houston Police Capt. Bill Staney tells the newspaper, and he also says the data shows O’Quinn never applied the brakes. Staney works in the department’s vehicular crimes division

Hat tip: Associated Press.

Additional coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Prominent Houston Lawyer John O’Quinn Dies in SUV Accident”

Wall Street Journal Law Blog: “O’Quinn to Leave Bulk of Estate With Charities”

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