Texas drivers involved in a fatal accident must remain at the scene, as required by law. In most cases, police will catch those who do not, often through eyewitnesses or traffic cameras. Police did find the teen believed responsible for a recent fatal accident that killed a 40-year-old woman.
Shortly after midnight, a Nissan Altima was hit from behind by a Dodge Challenger as they were both headed east on I-30. The collision caused the Altima to roll over several times, finally wrapping around a support beam for a road sign. The driver was declared dead at the scene,but the 19-year-old driver of the Challenger got out of her vehicle and ran from the crash.
Police found the uninjured teen based upon the registration information inside the Challenger. She apparently confessed to driving the Challenger and leaving the scene. Police charged her with causing an accident involving death and are holding her at a detention center with a $25,000 bond. They believe she had been speeding but was not impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Negligently causing a fatal accident, whether or not a driver is affected by a mind-altering substance, can have enduring consequences. Not only might this person face jail time, fines and extensive legal fees, the family of the person who was killed can file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek financial compensation for the loss of their loved one. Surviving families of deceased victims in similar Texas accidents can retain the services of an attorney to pursue legal recourse.
Source: fox7austin.com, "Deadly wreck damages I-30 road sign in Downtown Dallas", Oct. 27, 2017