A Texas woman reportedly responsible for a deadly accident is now facing criminal charges in the incident. One of the car accident victims died after being transported to a local hospital. Another remained hospitalized and was listed in serious condition. Authorities believe the woman may have been driving after she ingested illegal drugs.
She was traveling southbound when her vehicle veered across the center line. Her Ford struck an Escape, and a small SUV headed in the opposite direction. As a result of the initial crash, the SUV was hit twice more, and two of its backseat passengers were thrown out of the vehicle.
Both of those victims were hospitalized, but one later died from the injuries he sustained in the wreck. The Ford driver underwent tests which ultimately led to her arrest. She is now facing manslaughter charges.
When a Texas resident gets behind the wheel after taking drugs, the odds of a deadly car accident undoubtedly increase. As a result of her alleged actions, one family has lost a loved one, and another victim is still in the hospital recovering. Although she is facing criminal charges for her role in this car accident, she is not absolved of civil liability if the surviving family members and/or the injured victim are able to establish liability in court by proving negligence. When someone is injured or killed as a result of negligence by another party, those affected can seek relief through the civil courts. If successful, any resulting monetary award may help them with the financial toll this accident has taken.
Source: khou.com, "Woman charged with intoxication manslaughter in Highway 6 crash," Jan. 3, 2013