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College student faces felony drunk driving charges in Texas crash

A Texas man was taken into custody on multiple felony drunk driving charges on Dec. 27 following a three-vehicle crash in which two people died. Four other people in both of the cars struck by the man's vehicle were hospitalized with serious injuries.

According to the reports of witnesses and law enforcement, the incident happened just before midnight on Dec. 27 when the man's Chevrolet Avalanche rear-ended a Toyota Prius while traveling at estimated speeds of 80 to 100 miles per hour. After colliding with the Prius, his vehicle traveled into oncoming traffic where it hit a Toyota Camry. It then struck a tree and the side of a building before coming to a stop.

Following the crash, the man got out of his vehicle wearing only a towel and fled the scene, according to witnesses. Police later located him at an area apartment complex where they say he was cocky and uncooperative. He was taken into custody and charged with over 20 felony offenses including multiple counts of second-degree manslaughter, aggravated assault and intoxication manslaughter.

The driver of the Prius, a 60-year-old kindergarten teacher, was pronounced dead at the scene, and her 18-year-old son, a passenger in the vehicle, died later in a hospital. A second passenger in the Prius and four occupants of the Camry were hospitalized with broken bones and other serious injuries.

The suspected drunk driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries where he refused to submit to a field sobriety test. Blood drawn at the hospital revealed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.27 percent, according to police. The man was detained at the Travis County Correctional Complex on $195,000 bond.

The loved ones of an individual killed in a fatal accident may have a legal cause of action for wrongful death. An attorney might be able to help them calculate the extent of their losses and initiate a civil claim to pursue their recovery.

Source: Tuscaloosa News, "UA student charged in fatal DUI car wreck", Ed Enoch, December 31, 2013

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