A Texas woman was killed and several people injured in a deadly car accident in east Houston. A man has since been charged with driving while intoxicated with a child under 15 for his role in the crash. The car accident occurred when he struck a Toyota Corolla head-on.
The Corolla was driven by a 60-year-old woman. She had a young passenger in her vehicle, but the relationship between them has not been divulged. Both were transported to a local hospital, but the older woman passed away.
The accused drunk driver was traveling with a 40-year-old woman and two juveniles when the car accident occurred. All of his passengers sustained broken bones and other serious injuries in the crash. There have been no updates on anyone's condition.
The man who allegedly caused the car accident has been taken to a local jail and is facing alcohol-related criminal charges. Even if the man is convicted of those charges, a criminal conviction does not absolve him of civil responsibility if the victims and their families decide to seek further compensation through the courts. Any time someone drives on Texas roads, they assume a duty of care for their passengers and other drivers on the road; and when negligence such as driving while under the influence of alcohol plays a role in a crash that injures or kills someone, injured parties can file personal injury lawsuits and surviving family members can file wrongful death suits in order to receive financial compensation for their damages.
Source: Chron.com, "Man charged in fatal Houston crash," Erica Quiroz, Sept. 26, 2012