While the national legal age to purchase alcohol is 21, those who are younger are often easily able to gain access. The problem then is, as with anyone of any age who has been drinking, they will get behind the wheel of a vehicle, potentially causing damage that can range from a minor fender-bender to a fatal accident. A 19-year-old Texas resident has been issued intoxication-related charges after allegedly causing a fatal accident.
Police say the early-morning accident happened when a speeding pickup truck driven by the 19-year-old drove up behind a van on Interstate 40, hitting the rear of the vehicle. The impact pushed the van off the road, where it rolled over before coming to a stop. The truck hit the guard rail at the side of the road, rolled down the grassy bank and stopped on the access road.
Emergency responders found that two passengers from the van had not survived the collision. Five of the remaining 10 passengers were seriously injured, with the others either unharmed or minimally injured. All 12 van occupants were members of the same family. Police discovered the driver of the pickup truck had bought alcohol at a convenience store in addition to having been served drinks at two separate establishments before the crash. He is facing prison time and fines if convicted of the intoxication manslaughter and assault charges against him.
The sudden loss of a beloved family member in a fatal accident is heartbreaking, and the thought of trying to move forward can almost seem inconceivable. However, many of those in similar situations find that seeking financial compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit often helps bring a sense of closure. A Texas attorney who understands the grief of his or her client can give gentle guidance through the process of filing this type of suit.
Source: newschannel10.com, "Police: Minor was served alcohol at local businesses before fatal crash", Feb. 7, 2018