JRE Supporter John O'Quinn Killed in Car Crash
Texas plaintiff's attorney John O'Quinn died Thursday in a single car accident on a Houston roadway.
According to the Houston Chronicle, O'Quinn and another man, who has not been identified, were in a black Suburban traveling at a high rate of speed on the Allen Parkway, just west of downtown Houston.
Police reported that around 8 a.m. Oct. 29, the SUV crossed two medians and then hit a tree. Roads were slick due to light rain during the morning.
I thought I recognized that he was a friend of JRE. I was right.
O'Quinn, 68, was one of the most well known trial attorneys in the country, and a big supporter of the Democratic Party.
He was one of the largest donors to presidential candidate John Edwards in the last election, and gave $2.5 million to Chris Bell who tried unsuccessfully to unseat Texas Gov. Rick Perry in 2006.
O'Quinn first gained national attention in the early 1990s when he won $100 million for plaintiffs alleging health problems from silicone breast implants.
The Chronicle quoted Houston attorney Dan Cogdell:
"In his day, he was an incredibly gifted trial lawyer," Cogdell said. "John was a controversial figure, but he was always a gentleman to me, and gave a lot to our community. Everybody’s just in a state of shock, even criminal lawyers."
I remember that race with Chris Bell in particular, who was also a JRE supporter. It was a close race.
Tragedy for the O' Quinn family. JRE must be devastated too.
h/t to create peace at the DU.