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Texas woman charged with manslaughter re fatal accident

Many Texas residents enjoy getting out on a bicycle from time to time, and some even use this type of vehicle as their main mode of transportation. Most cyclists likely find this activity provides them a relatively inexpensive, healthy alternative to driving a car. However, bicycles on roadways can be vulnerable to larger, motorized vehicles, and if both cyclist and driver are not fully focused, a fatal accident could result. Following a fatal crash that took place almost one year ago, a woman was recently indicted by a grand jury and now faces a manslaughter charge.

The incident happened very early one morning last summer when the 24-year-old woman driving a car struck and killed a man riding a bicycle. Reportedly, when police arrived at the scene, the woman explained she had been returning home from a bar where she said she had one drink. She claimed the cyclist appeared out of nowhere. Investigators believe the driver struck the 18-year-old cyclist from behind. The woman was given a sobriety test, leading police to believe she was driving while intoxicated, and she was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.

According to the recent indictment, prosecutors have said the woman operated her vehicle recklessly by driving her vehicle while impaired by alcohol, failing to keep a proper look out and failing to maintain a safe distance from the bicycle, all of which led to the fatal accident.  Reportedly, prosecutors also allege that the driver used her vehicle as a deadly weapon. She has been charged with manslaughter, which could result in two to 20 years in prison for her.

This woman now faces a very serious charge. However, even worse, a young man's life has been cut short by a fatal accident seemingly caused by the woman's poor judgment and reckless behavior. In cases such as this one, the victim's grieving family may consider pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit in Texas civil court. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney would be able to review the case details and determine if such an action is a viable option.

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