Police believe a 34-year-old Texas man who apparently caused a fatal collision may have been intoxicated when the incident occurred. They say that does not automatically mean he was drinking alcohol prior to the car accident. He is currently facing a manslaughter charge.
The man was reportedly driving west when he was unable to remain in his own lane, and his car crossed the center line. The driver of an oncoming car, a 66-year-old Texas woman, apparently tried to stop and swerve out of the way, but she could not avoid the oncoming car. It ran into her vehicle, causing both cars go off the side of the road.
The woman suffered critical injuries in the collision. She was taken to a Texas hospital for treatment. She was formally declared dead there.
The man was also taken to an area hospital where a blood test was administered to gauge the presence of drugs and/or alcohol. The test allegedly indicated the man may have been intoxicated, and he was taken to jail. At the time of this report, no update was available concerning his eligibility for bail.
The man is charged with committing manslaughter while intoxicated. That does not necessarily mean he was drunk, according to police. They say it can also indicate the presence of illegal drugs or prescription medications. No further details have been released publicly.
The family of the woman that died will undoubtedly want more information about the series of events that resulted in this tragic car accident. The retain the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in a civil court against the man who allegedly caused the demise of their loved one. A successfully litigated claim will not change what happened, but it could provide the means to handle any resulting financial obligations.
Source: The Courier of Montgomery County, Woman killed after head-on collision on 3083, No author, March 23, 2014