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Philip Marone killed in 2-vehicle accident on US 59

SAN JACINTO COUNTY, Texas — Philip Marone, 57, died Aug. 24 in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 59 outside of Shepherd.

Coby Duncan, a 22-year-old Shepherd man, was southbound on U.S. 59 in a Ford Expedition at about 2:15 p.m. when the left rear tire on his vehicle blew out, causing it to travel across the center median and strike the driver’s side of a northbound Mazda M3 driven by Marone, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Marone was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by San Jacinto County Justice of the Peace Harris Blanchette.

Duncan and several passengers in the Mazda, including two small children, were transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

The crash remains under investigation and no additional details have been released.


I am saddened to hear that another life has been cut short due to a tire-failure accident. ​When I started handling tire failure cases over 25 years ago, I thought that these problems would have been solved by now. I believe that the introduction of tire pressure monitoring systems and the incorporation of a nylon cap ply in tires are a significant step forward in reducing the number of accidents caused by tire failure. But the problem has still not been solved. I will continue to do what I can to make people aware of the risks associated with tire failure. I hope that within the next ten years crashes caused by tire failure are a thing of the past.

If you are interested in learning more about why these crashes continue to occur, you can access some of the articles that I have written on tire failure crashes here.


For over three decades Rob Ammons has concentrated his practice on tire and automotive defect claims, representing clients against tire manufacturers, automakers, tire retailers, and tire service centers. Mr. Ammons’ success against Michelin, BFGoodrich, Uniroyal, Cooper Tire, Goodyear, Dunlop, Bridgestone/Firestone, Continental/General Tire, Kumho Tire, and Yokohama has led to the recall of millions of tires across the country. If you or your loved one have been injured from a defective tire, reach out to Rob Ammons now for a no-cost consultation.

Disclaimer: At Ammons Law, we are constantly seeking to improve the quality and safety of our roads and highways. We post these articles to help improve safety within our community. All of the information contained within this post was compiled from public sources or constitutes the opinion of the author. Photos are from The Ammons Law Firm archives and do not depicted the accidents reported on unless otherwise noted. Please inform us immediately if you identify any false or misleading information.

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