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A Sugar Land woman is charged with manslaughter in SUV crash

A 20-year-old Sugar Land, Texas, resident was arrested on Friday, March 17, 2017, on suspicion of being responsible for a hit-and-run accident resulting in the injury of four and death of one while vacationing on South Padre Island earlier that day. The victims were all between 16- and 22-years-old.

The island is a frequently visited spring break locale, located 360 miles away from Houston. The Friday morning accident, which occurred at 12:40 a.m., took place on Gulf Boulevard around the 4200 block. Police investigators said a sizeable group of pedestrians were walking along the main road's bike lane when struck by the defendant's SUV.

It took emergency personnel just three minutes to arrive on the scene. It was then that they discovered three victims with serious injuries. Two others had removed themselves from the roadway and were awaiting at the side of the road to be attended to. The latter had what appeared to be minor injuries. All were transported to area hospitals.

Witness statements taken at the crash scene led investigators with the South Padre Police Department to suspect that a Honda CR-V SUV was responsible for causing the crash. The car was tracked down on the island with its alleged driver arrested.

At the woman's arraignment on Monday, March 20, 2017, the defendant was assessed a $180,000 bond on all charges. Police have yet to release any details regarding the role, if any, the second individual, who was arrested at the same time, played in the accident.

If you have been seriously injured or your loved one has been killed in an SUV accident as a result of the suspected negligence of another individual, a Houston area attorney can provide advice with respect to your legal issue.

Source: Click2Houston.com, "Sugar Land woman charged with manslaughter after deadly South Padre Island hit-and-run," Michelle Ganley, March 20, 2017

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