A fatal car accident on U.S. 259 near Kilgore, Texas, took the lives of two children on Thursday, leaving their mother in critical condition. The family was traveling northbound in a van when a pickup truck going the wrong direction in their lane approached. The father, who was driving the van, swerved to try to avoid the pickup. That’s when the two vehicles collided. The children, 12 and 5, were both pronounced dead. The father was later released from Good Shepherd Hospital after being treated for minor injuries, but the mother remains at Good Shepherd Hospital in critical condition.
The pickup truck was driven by a 22-year-old girl. Another girl, 21, was a passenger in the truck. Both were released after being treated for minor injuries. The driver, however, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter, one count for each of the children.
Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated is a senseless and reckless act. When a car wreck occurs and a person’s reckless behavior results in an injury or fatality to an innocent victim, the responsible party can be held liable. When a family loses a loved one to such an accident, they often want to see justice done. However, even if the law punishes the responsible party, it does not bring back their loved one, and seldom does much to put a family’s life back in order. A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit cannot bring back a loved one either, but it may be able to award the family a monetary compensation that can make it easier to move on with their lives.
Source: Source: news-journal.com, "Woman charged with intoxicated manslaughter in fatal Kilgore wreck," No Author Given, July 11, 2014