Unfortunately, fatal accidents that occur as a result of a negligent driver are extremely common in Texas. In some cases, the victims of a car accident are being mindful and abiding the traffic laws but still can be in the path of another driver's destruction without knowing it. Families of the deceased may not only be dealing with the heartbreak of losing a loved one, but they also may find out that the death was because of someone else driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
This appears to be the sad reality for a community coping with the death of a 19-year-old man and injury of two other students resulting from a car accident. According to police, a 59-year-old woman was traveling north at a high speed when her car went off the road and proceeded into the traffic traveling southbound. She struck a vehicle with the three young men in it, resulting in the death of one of the victims.
Reportedly, the woman walked away from her vehicle and had to be located by authorities. She claimed she had not taken any drugs or alcohol, but police noticed unbalanced walking and odd behavior. A warrant was issued for blood samples and a sobriety test. Police arrested and charged the woman with manslaughter and placed her in jail. Her bond was set at $120,000.
The Texas community is recovering from a tragic loss of an upstanding citizen who was well-respected in his community and admired by his co-workers. Because of what appears to be one person's reckless and irresponsible actions resulting in a car accident, three families are facing a list of hardships. Two families are seeking medical treatment for the surviving victims whereas another family is planning for end-of-life expenses. In a situation as difficult as this, experienced legal counsel could assist families in need of filing wrongful death or personal injury claims.
Source: statesman.com, "NEW: Woman charged with manslaughter after fatal crash in Elgin", Andy Sevilla, April 10, 2018