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Houston driver charged with intoxication manslaughter

Driving while under the influence of illegal narcotics is a serious violation of the law. Just as it is illegal in the state of Texas to drink alcohol and drive, it is also illegal to drive while under the influence of drugs. When drivers using illegal drugs cause a car crash resulting in injury or death, the losses for the innocent victims and their families can be devastating.

Houston police say that just such an incident occurred on the afternoon of Jan. 2, when a 31-year-old woman allegedly caused a multi-car pileup that left one person dead. The woman was driving southbound on Texas 6 when her Ford Expedition crossed the divider and struck a Ford Escape that was heading north.

According to police, the Expedition then struck a Hyundai Santa Fe, causing the driver to lose control. The Hyundai, in turn, struck two other northbound vehicles. The passengers in the backseat of the Hyundai were ejected from the vehicle. Both passengers were taken to a local hospital, where one of them later died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that the woman was under the influence of illegal narcotics at the time of the accident. She was arrested and subsequently charged with intoxication manslaughter.

Negligent drivers, impaired drivers and their insurers can be held liable after a car wreck. Those injured in a drunk driving accident or the families of those who are killed are entitled to compensation under the law for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and loss of companionship, among other damages.

Source: Memorial Examiner, "Charges filed in fatal wreck on Texas 6," Jan. 3, 2013

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