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Texas public official arrested after fatal accident kills 2

Texas officials are elected to represent the needs of their residents and as such, they are also expected to uphold the same laws that apply to their constituents. When a public servant is suspected of violating those laws, it is also expected that they will be held to the same consequences. One woman who holds the office of commissioner-at-large in Texas City was recently arrested after a fatal accident.

Police were called to the scene of an accident that occurred in the overnight hours. Three men, a father and son along with a fellow employee, were returning from a work site when a piece of equipment on their vehicle apparently came loose from its fastenings. The driver pulled off to the side of the road in order to secure the equipment. The father and his son were on the left side of the vehicle, closer to the travel lanes.

The woman veered from the far right lane and drove onto the shoulder of the road, striking the two men. They were killed at the time of impact. Police reported that the woman appeared to be impaired by an intoxicating substance and that she failed to complete several field tests to gauge sobriety. She also allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana earlier before driving her vehicle.

She was arrested and taken for blood testing. The Texas commissioner was released on bail and is awaiting further legal proceedings. There was no information concerning whether the third man was injured in the collision. The surviving family of the two men may file a wrongful death claim against the woman deemed responsible for this fatal accident. These civil claims seek recovery of monetary damages that typically result from such senseless and preventable wrecks.

Source: cw39.com, "Police: Texas City commissioner admitted to smoking pot before killing son, father on Galveston Causeway", July 3, 2017

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