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Well-known Texas artist dies in hit-and-run accident

A prominent local artist died after being hit by a car. The 33-year-old Houston artist was a celebrated lighting designer and remained highly sought after throughout Texas. At the time of the car accident, he was traveling to a cast party on his motorcycle. The woman responsible for the crash initially fled the scene, but was later apprehended and charged.

After the car accident, the woman exited her vehicle and embraced her boyfriend, then fled the scene on foot. As for the driver of the other car, she left the dying man and father of two behind. He later passed away from substantial head trauma sustained during the wreck. He reportedly was not wearing a helmet when the crash occurred.

The woman's boyfriend stayed at the scene and identified her to authorities. He stated they had only been dating for a couple of weeks and had spent the evening drinking at a local restaurant. He further claimed that the woman had a margarita prior to drinking at the restaurant, where she allegedly had three more drinks. While he stated that the woman was in no shape to be driving, he also told police that his license was suspended and he had also had too much to drink.

The victim in this case will be grieved by his family and by all of the people who worked with him. Such a car accident can be difficult to fathom, especially when a driver fails to render aid to the injured party. Now, the driver is facing criminal charges and, if convicted, also faces the potential of a lengthy prison sentence. The man's family may wish to obtain a copy of the accident investigation once it is completed. Doing so could help bolster any legal claims they may make should they decide to pursue a civil case against the Texas driver.

Source: chron.com, "Houston artist dies in fatal hit-and-run wreck," Erin Mulvaney and Molly Glentzer, Aug. 14, 2012

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