Drinking alcohol affects a driver's reaction time. The time delay is enough to cause significant damage to others on the road. Sometimes, the result is a fatal accident. A Texas woman is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge after causing a fatal wreck around 3 a.m. on Feb. 9.
Police received a call at 3:07 a.m. that a person riding on a moped had been hit. The 46-year-old male died from his injuries just minutes later. Police were able to track wreckage fragments to a Jeep Wrangler parked near the accident scene. There blood spatters on the front of the vehicle, and the moped was still wedged underneath the Jeep's carriage.
Police were able to find the woman who had been driving the Jeep at her residence. She told them she had consumed numerous mixed alcoholic beverages at three different bars. She knew she had hit something but thought it was an animal and did not stop to make certain. As police found the woman within 15 minutes of the original call, they were able to ascertain by her speech she was still intoxicated and gave her a sobriety test. She was remanded to the county jail, where her bond was set at $175,000.
As the initial evidence certainly suggests that this woman's negligence caused the fatal accident, the deceased man's family could pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. If the Texas criminal charges result in a conviction, proof of that in a related civil proceedings would likely constitute negligence per se. In those circumstances, liability would attach. With the assistance of counsel, evidence could then be presented to document specific items of financial losses for inclusion in a monetary judgment to be issued by the court.
Source: wtsp.com, "Drunk woman, 21, charged in fatal crash thought man was 'roadkill': Police", Shawna Reding and Chelsea Cunningham, Feb. 13, 2018