A Houston woman has been charged with murder after a five-car accident that killed one. The woman admitted to driving while intoxicated with two children in the car. The two children, ages two and seven months, were buckled into car seats, but those car seats were not buckled into the car.
The woman was involved in two minor hit and run crashes, and the victims involved in those crashes followed her to exchange information when they saw the fatal crash. According to the witnesses, she was speeding along the West Loop at Evergreen Street when she slammed into a motorcycle, causing a pileup. She then continued driving, and stopped only after she was stopped by some of the witnesses who were following her after the earlier accidents. The man on the motorcycle was given CPR by one of the witnesses, but he later died.
According to the prosecutor, the woman was taking depressants prior to the accident. There was no evidence that she had consumed alcohol prior to the accident. The felony murder charge was brought because of the children in the car. The woman is facing between 5 and 99 years in prison, or even potentially life in prison.
Unfortunately, driving while impaired is very common. Over 10,000 people are killed every year in the U.S. because of the negligent actions of drunk drivers, which accounts for almost a third of automobile fatalities. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an accident involving a drunk driver, you are not alone. You have legal rights, and you should take action immediately to protect those legal rights.
If you are in Houston, call the Houston automobile accident attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Call today to schedule your free consultation, or visit our Twitter page to learn more.