A man with three prior DWI convictions recently caused a deadly 6-car pileup in Houston and was arrested at IAH. The man is accused of causing the crash at South Post Oak and Gasmer at the beginning of April.
The alleged drunk driver crashed into the back of a man’s truck travelling about 67 miles an hour without braking. The man died later at the hospital and his wife was also injured. The alleged drunk driver was on parole at the time of the crash. Before the crash occurred, the man was swerving in and out of traffic.
An off-duty sheriff’s deputy smelled a chemical odor on the man, which she believed to be PCP. She noticed that the man had slurred speech and difficulty standing. He also did not know where he was. The driver was not checked for alcohol or drug impairment at the scene and was not arrested. Instead, he was arrested almost two weeks after the crash, at IAH.
The victim’s family as well as witnesses to the accident are questioning why the man was not arrested at the scene. He is currently being held without bond on charges of aggravated assault and manslaughter.
This very tragic accident shows how deadly drunk drivers can be. They may receive multiple DWIs while continuing to travel on the roads. In many cases, they do not have insurance at all or very minimal amounts, so victims’ families may be left without proper compensation. In that case, if the victim has a policy that has uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, the victim may be able to receive some compensation after the accident.
If you have been harmed in an accident involving a drunk driver in Houston, you should speak with an attorney about your legal rights. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your free consultation or visit us on Google+.