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What’s In a Name? Varellas Name Appears in the News With Various Spellings

Some people find the name Varellas difficult to pronounce and spell. The name of our law firm is pronounced Va-Rel-iss (rhymes with trellis) and is sometimes misspelled as Varella, Varela, Varelas, Verallas, Varallas, Varillas, Varilla, Valera or Varallis. The misspellings are understandable since reports periodically appear in the news concerning people with names similar to ours but with various spellings.

In recent news, there was a report concerning Rosella Varela, the mother of four children who were on a school bus on April 9, 2013 that drove over an embankment in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico.  The driver of the school bus was killed and two of the Varela children were seriously injured. Derrick Varela, 9, suffered a broken hip and Rusti Dawn Varela, 16, lost several teeth and was taken to surgery to repair broken bones in her face. The other two Varela children sustained minor bruising and a chipped heel.

Monica Varillas, 21, was injured in an Anaheim, California car wreck in December 2011, when a driver made an unsafe left turn and fled the scene. Police reported that Varillas was driving a Honda Civic with her 1-year-old child when the wreck occurred. Donta J. Lewis and Heather M. Varalli, were slightly injured in August, 2012 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in a two-vehicle accident when Lewis turned left in front of Varalli’s vehicle, and he was struck by her vehicle, police said.

Victoriano Varelas and Bartolo Santos filed a lawsuit in 2009 against a truck driver and his employer, a Texas corporation, after the employee drove the truck into the rear of their vehicle. Varelas was driving his motor vehicle in Harris County, Texas with Santos as his passenger, and Brandon L. Dover was driving the truck behind them. The men alleged in their lawsuit that the trucking accident happened after Dover fell asleep, failed to control his speed, and crashed into the back of the vehicle in which the men were riding

In August, 2010, 18-year-old Anthony “Nini” Varela died in a car accident in Pleasant Grove, Texas when a drunken driver ran a red light. After he was declared brain dead, however, his parents donated his organs, bones and tissues thereby improving the lives of 114 people. One year later, the anniversary of his death was marked by a gathering at Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas by family, friends and those whose lives were touched by the generous donation of Nini’s parents.

In August, 2012, the driver of a 2000 Yamaha R6L motorcycle, later identified as Martin M. Varela, 26, of Brush Creek, Tennessee was killed in a fatal accident. He was traveling north on South Rutherford Boulevard when he left the roadway and struck a utility pole. The accident was the second fatal motorcycle accident in one week in that area. Two Muskegon, Michigan men killed August, 2011 in a horrific two-vehicle crash in White River Township were identified by authorities as Brad Lee Varela, 24, and his passenger, Michael Allen Nafe, 29.

Thirteen-year-old Brian Valera from Hialeah, Florida was flown to Miami International Airport after severely injuring his arm in a freak accident in Guatemala in 2009. While playing outside with other kids, Brian accidentally ran into a sliding glass door and nearly sliced off his right arm. Although he lost a lot of blood, he was rushed to a Guatemalan hospital where doctors were able to reattach his arm so that he could recover full function of his fingers and circulation.

Names similar to the Varellas name also appear in sports and other news. Reports can be found concerning thoroughbred horse Valera; the town of Varilla, Kentucky; car service Valera Global, which serves many cities across the country, including Covington, Kentucky; and Peter Varellas, a member of the USA Men’s National Water Polo Team who was a 2008 Silver Medalist and 2012 Olympian.

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