Many Texas roadway deaths are attributed to drinking and driving. A homeless man and a 6-year-old boy were one man's victims after police say he had been drinking before he caused not just one fatal accident, but two. Reportedly, he was actually involved in four accidents in a time period of less than three hours.
Police reports show the driver was ticketed about 3:30 p.m. on a Sunday three years ago after he hit a car in a hospital parking lot, injuring two people in the process. Not long after that, he allegedly hit a homeless man but did not stop to render aid or call for help. Had he done so, he may have avoided the second collision with another car, severely injuring the woman who was driving that car and killing her 6-year-old son. The homeless man also died from his injuries, and police say that parts of the accused man's vehicle, including his license plate, were found at the scene.
When the police stopped him the second time, less than three hours after the first accident, they say it was evident the driver had been drinking. He is facing charges for felony murder, intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid. Conviction of the former could mean life in prison, with a prison sentence for intoxication manslaughter of up to 20 years. If prosecutors are able to convince a jury that the man caused the second fatal crash while drunk and while he was still actively engaged in committing the felony of failing to stop and render aid (for not stopping after he struck the homeless man earlier), then the felony murder charge would apply.
Two people died and at least three others were injured as a result of this driver's apparent negligence. Not only may the accused man be looking at many years in prison, but personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits can be filed against him. Unfortunately, many other families face similar losses and physical injury where financial compensation from a lawsuit would help defray the costs that those occurrences demand. A skilled Texas attorney can fight to get the reparation a client deserves after losing a loved one to a preventable fatal accident.