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Drunk driving suspected in fatal car crash

Drunk drivers are a leading cause of injury and death on Texas roads. A suspected drunk driver caused a tragic accident in the Houston area last Sunday that ended the lives of four people and sent one to the hospital.

According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, the wreck occurred at about 10 p.m. at the intersection of Synott and Beechnut in the southwestern part of the county. Deputies stated that a man driving east on Beechnut in a 2009 Dodge van went through a red light at the intersection with Synott. The van collided with a 2002 Honda Civic that was going north through the intersection.

The driver of the Honda and three of its passengers were all killed. Deputies reported they found all four victims dead at the scene. A fifth occupant of the Honda was found alive and was transported to a local hospital. That passenger was reported to be in stable condition.

The driver of the Dodge van was arrested and is facing manslaughter charges. Deputies allege he appeared to be impaired at the scene. He was given a breath test and a blood test. The results of those tests were not reported in a news report of the accident.

When a loved one is killed in an accident caused by another driver's negligence, surviving family members have the right to commence a wrongful death lawsuit and seek damages from the negligent driver and their insurance company. The family can recover compensation for their economic loss caused by the death, as well as for loss of companionship.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "4 dead as suspected drunk driver runs red light," Dale Lezon, June 23, 2014

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