Texas politicians are certainly not above the law, especially when it comes to drinking and driving. A city commissioner may attest to this fact as she was recently released from jail on a $100,000 bond following an incident that resulted in a fatal accident. The 54-year-old has been charged with intoxication manslaughter on two counts.
Commissioner Dee Haney was on her way home from an emergency work meeting, says her mother and stepfather. Police, however, say they responded to a tragic car accident that Haney appears to have caused. Two pedestrians, a father and son, who were standing outside a vehicle pulled over on the road were allegedly struck by Haney's vehicle when it veered out of its lane.
Sadly, neither the father nor his son survived their injuries. Authorities also say Haney told them she'd been smoking marijuana just before the accident occurred. The court has so far mandated her to have a Breathalyzer device installed in the ignition system of her car.
The family members of a Texas fatal accident victim are able to seek justice on behalf of a their loved one by filing a wrongful death claim against the party deemed responsible for their loved one's death. It's difficult to think beyond one's grief in such situations; however, filing a legal claim is often the most viable option for seeking restitution for damages that have occurred. The reality is that funerals are expensive and families may be completely unprepared to meet the expenses associated with a particular incident. A successfully litigated claim can provide compensation to help offset those costs.
Source: khou.com, "Texas City commissioner charged in DWI crash that killed father, son", Melissa Correa, Stephanie Whitfield, July 3, 2017