Despite years of warnings of the consequences of being impaired by drugs or alcohol and attempting to drive, numerous people continue to throw caution to the wind. Many times, this cavalier attitude leads to a fatal accident. A 55-year-old Texas woman has been convicted of murder and intoxication assault after driving in an impaired, drug-addled state and causing a fatal accident.
Information in the woman's recent trial revealed she had three different drugs in her system when she crossed over into oncoming traffic as she was driving on a road just outside her hometown. She hit one motorcycle, but the driver was able to maintain control of his bike. The husband and wife riders of the second motorcycle she hit were not so lucky. They were both seriously injured when their bike was pushed into a ditch. They were taken to a nearby hospital, where the husband died from his injuries just two hours after being hit.
The woman was initially charged with intoxicated manslaughter and intoxicated assault, but prosecutors were able to change the manslaughter charge to murder, as she had prior convictions for DWI seven and nine years ago. A jury found her guilty of the charges against her after deliberating for less than an hour. She was then sentenced to 55 years in prison, with no chance of parole until after serving 27 years.
The consequences of driving impaired and causing a fatal accident can be extensive. Not only might the offender have to serve many years in prison or probation, there will be fines and other financial repercussions, as in a possible wrongful death lawsuit. In the midst of their grief, a family may opt to file a lawsuit in order to provide the money needed to pay medical and funeral costs generated by the actions of the offender. A Texas attorney can give valuable information to any family interested in pursuing this option.