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Texas auto accident injures four, two children

A trip to the library for a grandmother and her two grandchildren was violently interrupted on June 5 by an allegedly intoxicated driver. The car crash occurred on Merriman as the trio drove away from the Hebert Public Library. According to the Port Noches police chief, one of the injured victims was a four-year-old child who was taken to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston for expected facial surgeries. The 52-year-old woman and 5-year-old child were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

A black Dodge SUV driven by a 38-year-old Port Noches resident is alleged to have caused the auto accident. Police stated that she drove across the center lane of the roadway and continued driving following the car collision. The SUV stopped on the lawn after hitting a brick sign for Port Neches Middle School. Prior to the head-on collision, police received a report that a black SUV had hit a sign in front of the police station on the same roadway.

The SUV driver was treated for injuries at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. The police investigation is awaiting the driver's recovery to obtain a statement. Charges have not been filed, but police indicated the likelihood of intoxicated assault charges.

Every auto accident carries the potential for tragedy, and this risk is always worse with children. In this case, a young child will undergo both physical and emotional pain and suffering, which will be shared by the family of the victims. Any guess as to the amount of surgical repair necessary may underestimate medical expenses and psychological care needs. It is often difficult for the victims and their family to focus on long-term financial needs at such a difficult time. A personal injury attorney may provide assistance to victims seeking financial compensation.

Source: Port Aurthur News, "", Mary Meaux, June 05, 2013

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