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Texas man accused of intoxicated manslaughter in fatal accident

Many of the nation's party-goers are still talking about their New Year's Eve celebrations with glee. Unfortunately, for some, the holiday will forevermore be linked with memories of sadness. A fatal accident in Texas recently became another statistic in holiday crashes that involve persons who are alleged to have been driving while drunk.

Sometime after 7 p.m. New Year's Eve, a white truck which appeared to have been abandoned in a post office parking lot was reported to authorities. A state trooper responding to the call was led to the driver's trailer by information provided to him by a local fire chief who was also working on the call. The officer stated that there were bloody clothes and stains of blood on the floor inside the trailer.

The man for whom police were searching was found at the rear of the trailer. Authorities allege that upon interviewing and testing him, the trooper determined that he was intoxicated. According to reports, the man admitted that he had wrecked his truck but denied having any passengers at the time.

The responding officer stated that when he inspected the vehicle, he discovered evidence which suggested that there had, indeed, been someone else in the truck at the time of the incident. When authorities reached the scene of the accident, a young woman was found  lying in a ditch near the road. The preliminary evidence did not suggest any signs of passenger ejection upon impact, according to the crash report. The truck driver later admitted that the 21-year-old female was occupying the center front seat of his vehicle at the time of the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man was arrested and charged with intoxicated manslaughter, facing a possible prison term of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000. Sadly, it was reported that the deceased was a mother of a 3-year-old child. The investigation continues.

The woman's family will no doubt face many trying decisions regarding her child's future. In the state of Texas, those surviving family members who have lost a loved one in a fatal accident may have the legal right to file lawsuit when a driver's alleged negligent or reckless actions appear to have caused the death. Seeking legal advice would be a logical first step in the decision-making process.

Source:, "Young Mother Left to Die After Drunken Crash", Chelsea Reinhard, Jan.8, 2015

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