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Car crash that killed 4 may give rise to wrongful death suit

Houston police say a 31-year-old man was driving drunk when his SUV collided with a car and killed four people. The June 22 accident happened around 10:00 p.m. at the intersection of Synott and Beechnut. According to police, a Honda Civic was carrying a group of four people between 60 and 80 years old from a graduation party as it traveled down Synott. That's when police say the driver of a Champion Towncar SUV ignored the red light at Beechnut and collided into the side of the Civic.

The person driving the Civic, as well as all three of the occupants in the back seat of the car died as a result of the T-bone collision. Amazingly, one passenger in the front of the Civic survived and was taken to a hospital. That person is expected to recover. The driver of the SUV has since been charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter. Police say the defendant wasn't wearing a seat belt. The extent of his injuries are unknown, but he was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.

No amount of money could ever fully compensate a family for the loss of their loved one. However, a wrongful death lawsuit may make it easier for the victim's family to absorb the loss of the victim's income. Additionally, there are usually unanticipated funeral and burial costs when a person dies from a preventable accident. A successful wrongful death claim may allow surviving family members to provide a stable future for the victim's children.

Source: News92FM Houston, "Suspected Drunk Driver Charged in Quadruple Fatal Crash" Kristy Gillentine, Jun. 23, 2014

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