Crystal Mendoza killed in Valley View accident – The Legal Advocate

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Struck by Chevrolet Tahoe on southbound Interstate 35 after exiting disabled Toyota

VALLEY VIEW, TX, (February 18, 2024) – A 22-year-old Dallas woman was tragically killed in an accident early Sunday morning on Interstate 35 in Valley View.

A 22-year-old Dallas woman was tragically killed in an accident early Sunday morning on Interstate 35 in Valley View.Crystal Mendoza died in a crash involving a Chevrolet Tahoe and a Toyota Camry.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a preliminary investigation revealed that Crystal Mendoza was a passenger in a Toyota Camry southbound on Interstate 35 at about 3:49 a.m. when it became disabled in the right lane. Mendoza and the driver exited the Camry and were standing near it when a Chevrolet Tahoe hit the Toyota and both occupants of the Camry.

Mendoza was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Denton, where she was pronounced deceased.


Each year, roughly 36,000 people die in motor vehicle accidents in this country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding was the primary cause of fatal crashes in 2018, followed by the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication; failure to stay in the proper lane; failure to yield the right of way; and distracted driving.

That is why Candice Bond, an experienced accident attorney, said it’s imperative in cases such as this to conduct a prompt independent investigation to preserve evidence and protect the rights of families of victims. 

“As attorneys, our job is to provide both legal information and advice to the families of those who have been killed in an accident,” said Bond, Managing Partner at Bond Legal and a national analyst for The Legal Advocate. “We can help protect your rights and prevent your statements to the police and insurance companies from being used against you.” 

Added Bond, “An attorney will carefully review what may have contributed to the crash and has the resources to hire expert witnesses, conduct driver background checks, locate witnesses to the crash, and review applicable insurance coverage. Serving as an advocate, an attorney can help compassionately guide families during this difficult time while vigorously protecting their legal rights and interests.” 


Pending results of the investigation, the family of Crystal Mendoza may be entitled to a wrongful death claim for medical and funeral expenses, the loss of love and companionship, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma.

“An incident is considered a wrongful death when either a person or entity commits a wrongful or negligent act resulting in a person’s death,”  said Stefano Formica, Of Counsel with Bond Legal. “When vehicle accident fatalities result from unsafe driving, aggressive or distracted driving, speeding, or driving under the influence, family members are usually left with the option to pursue a civil action against the responsible motorist.” 

The Legal Advocate’s national legal analysts Candice Bond and Stefano Formica are experienced in fatal pedestrian accidents, and if you or a family member need help they are available for a free consultation to guide you.

(Candice Bond, Managing Partner, and Stefano Formica, Of Counsel, at Bond Legal, are the national legal analysts for The Legal Advocate. The Legal Advocate can and does use quotes from prior interviews with our analysts for our news articles. If you would like to contact Bond Legal to help you, please call 866-599-0297 or use the submission box found on this page. Legal analysts quoted may or may not be licensed in your state).

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