A 42-year old motorcyclist was killed in an accident at about 1 p.m. on March 4 after he was fatally struck by a car on Texas Highway 288 in Houston. According to witness statements, the victim had stopped on the outside shoulder of the highway to make a minor repair to his motorcycle. The man accused of hitting him was being held in jail and has been charged with intoxication manslaughter. This possible wrongful death case highlights the dangers of alcohol consumption and getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle in our state.
The accused man was said to be driving northbound when he struck the motorcyclist. The biker was sitting on his motorcycle and talking on his cellphone at the time of the fatal crash. He reportedly died at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the collision. The accident shut down the highway for approximately four hours, backing traffic up for miles.
It is likely that the family of the man killed will be very interested in the official report of the accident so as to know all of the facts and circumstances that caused the death of their loved one. In Texas, wrongful death occurs when the negligent or reckless actions of another party are responsible for a person's death. It remains to be seen what legal action, if any, the family will take following their loss. In a situation like this, the family may want to ensure that all culpable parties are held fully accountable.
Source: KHOU, "HPD: Charges filed in fatal crash on 288," March 5, 2012