Citizens arrests are thought by some to be events witnessed only in movies. However, a recent situation in Texas proves this is not always the case. After a fatal accident involving two motor vehicles, witnesses are said to have detained one of the drivers until law enforcement agents arrived on site.
It was just after 2 a.m. when the tragic crash occurred. Those who saw events unfold say one of the drivers tried to run away from the scene. A citizens arrest was made to hold the 23-year-old man believed to have caused the deadly collision.
Sadly, a 20-year-old woman who was behind the wheel of the other car was pronounced dead after being transported to a nearby hospital. At the time of the crash, a 21-year-old man had been riding as her passenger. He was injured in the collision and has reportedly been assisting police in their investigation of the incident.
The man detained by citizens underwent a blood test after authorities arrived at the scene. He was then taken to jail in Baytown. He now has several charges pending against him, including driving while intoxicated, failure to stop and resisting arrest. A public statement was issued, encouraging any witnesses with further information regarding the fatal accident to call authorities to discuss the situation. When a Texas fatal accident is believed to have been caused by a drunk driver, a surviving immediate family member may act on behalf of the decedent to file a wrongful death claim in a civil court.
Source: Houston Chronicle, "Driver jailed in fatal Baytown crash", Cindy George, Sept. 3, 2016