A 48-year-old Houston resident now faces three separate felony charges for his role in a fatal New Year’s Day collision after a Harris County grand jury handed down an indictment last month.
He stands accused of waving a semi-automatic pistol at egg-throwing teens riding in a GMC Acadia driven by a 14-year-old. The teens, allegedly frightened by the sight of the gun, blew through a red-light and into the path of a woman driving a Ford F-150 pickup who had been out shopping. She died at the accident scene.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) announced the indictment in the north Houston crash. He faces up to two decades in prison if convicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, failing to stop and render aid and manslaughter.
By all appearances, the unlucky woman was blameless in the series of events that claimed her life, as she was merely on her way home after doing some New Year’s Day shopping. The teen driver and two friends had reportedly been riding around tossing eggs at cars when the man in another vehicle gave chase and allegedly flashed his weapon at them.
The impact of the collision was so intense that the frame of the woman’s pickup truck was bent after it went airborne and crashed.
The underage teen driver faces a murder charge as well.
In the above case, it’s clear that the authorities intend to move forward with criminal charges against those whose actions caused or contributed to the woman’s untimely death. However, not all circumstances where a person dies result in indictments or criminal charges being filed.
When there is no criminal counterpart, it’s important for survivors of the deceased to understand that they may still be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recoup financial and other losses.