The last thing one might expect when driving at 8 a.m. is to be hit by a drunk driver. While the general wisdom might be that those drinking heavily the night before are home sleeping it off as the rest of Texas is making its way to church on a Sunday morning, the reality in one case is something tragically different. In virtually any fatal car accident these days, one of the first questions is whether the person whose negligent or reckless conduct caused the crash was drunk. And that appears to be the case in a fatal Houston accident.
Just more than a week ago, a man from Sugar Land driving a Chevrolet Monte Carlo southbound on Texas 6 crashed into a Honda Accord that was traveling eastbound on Pine Forest in west Houston. The force of the collision caused the Monte Carlo to swerve into the northbound lanes of Texas 6, where it collided with a white Nissan Sentra. The driver of the Accord was pronounced dead at the scene of the car accident, while a passenger in the Sentra was declared dead at a local hospital.
Two other people in the Sentra were treated at an area hospital, and the man who caused the fatal crash remained in Ben Taub Hospital with serious injuries. Police have announced that when he is discharged, he will be transferred to the Harris County jail to answer charges for intoxicated manslaughter concerning the two deaths.
The families of the victims must now gather the strength to bury their loved ones while mourning their tragic loss. Nothing can make full amends for the senseless incident, but Texas law does provide for their right to sue for wrongful death. While the money recovered in a successful lawsuit will not bring back to life the two who were killed, it will provide some measure of justice in holding an irresponsible drunk driver fully accountable for his horrible lapse in judgment.
Source: Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land man charged in fatal crash," Robert Stanton, Nov. 23, 2011