James Tierney killed, Daniel and Tanya Woodgate injured, in Phelps County motorcycle crash

On Monday, September 24, 57-year old James Tierney of Queanbeyan, Australia, was killed in an accident on highway KK, 5 miles east of St. James in Phelps County. Daniel, 44, and Tanya, 45, Woodgate were both also seriously injured in the same incident.

The accident began at approximately 11:20 AM, when Raul Espinoza, 51, of St. James, MO, failed to yield causing Mr. Tierney’s motorcycle to come into contact with his 2007 Nissan Frontier. Mr. Tierney then struck a nearby Jeep Wrangler, driven by Mr. Gregor Gterek of Slovenia, before exiting the road way entirely. Daniel and Tanya Woodgate, both residents of New South Wales, Australia, were riding behind Mr. Tierney on a motorcycle of their own. Upon encountering the accident, the Woodgates left the road in an attempt to avoid joining the collision.

Tragically, Mr. Tierney was pronounced deceased by medical staff at Mercy Hospital. Both Woodgates suffered serious, life threatening, injury and had to be rushed via EMS to area hospitals. They are predicted to recover.

It is always unfortunate when a traffic accident ends in the loss of a life. We at the law offices of Kevin J. Roach extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the parties involved.

Wrongful Death Claims

The Law offices of Kevin J. Roach is a serious injury and wrongful death firm that handles wrongful death cases throughout the state of Missouri.

As a Missouri wrongful death law firm we understand that a family member who has lost a loved one will be experiencing many emotions.  When you contact our firm we will guide you through every step of the legal process and fight for the legal rights of your loved ones.

Our law firm understands that no amount of monetary compensation will bring back your loved one, but we also strongly believe that people must be held accountable for their actions.  Additionally, the money recovered from a Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can assist with any outstanding medical expenses, funeral costs, as well as income replacement if the deceased was the primary income earner.

There are also statutes of limitations within each state that determine how much time you have to file the wrongful death claim. In Missouri, a wrongful death claim can be filed anytime up to three years after the death of the family member.

We can’t bring back your love one but we can help protect your rights and ensure the best possible outcome.  Call today for a free consultation.

We at the law offices of Kevin J. Roach again extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the parties involved.