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Suspected Drunk Driver Involved in 2 Accidents

Posted By Stephen Stewart || 29-Dec-2014

An accident in Texas left a man dead after a hit and run driver fleeing an earlier accident crashed into his vehicle on Dec. 11 around 11 p.m. in northwest Houston. The pickup driver who allegedly caused the accident is suspected of drunk driving.

The driver of the pickup was taken into custody on charges of driving while intoxicated. He is also charged with leaving the scene of an accident. According to police, the witnesses who assisted the driver after the accident said he smelled of alcohol.

According to a police department representative, the driver of a GMC pickup hit another pickup on 43rd Street about a mile from the site of the second accident. The female pickup driver said she tried to signal that they should exchange information, but the GMC driver sped away. The woman said she contacted 911 and followed the GMC. After fleeing, the GMC driver continued on 43rd running a red light at Rosslyn Road where he hit a Chevrolet Tahoe that flipped over. The Tahoe driver was identified as a 40-year-old man heading to work.

The driver of the Tahoe was taken to the hospital where he died. The woman in the pickup was uninjured in the crash. The GMC driver was taken to the hospital but was treated and remanded into police custody.

Driving while intoxicated and causing death to another motorist as well as leaving the scene of a car accident are criminal acts. This behavior is indicative of negligence on the roadway. When someone is killed by a negligent driver, their family may face financial distress due to funeral costs and loss of the individual's income.

An Austin injury attorney may assist the family in reviewing the accident. The attorney might then file a wrongful death suit to recover damages.

Source: Click 2 Houston, "Police: Suspected drunken driver arrested after deadly wreck," Marissa Breese, Dec. 12, 2014

Source: KTRK, "Driver fleeing from minor accident causes second, deadly crash", December 12, 2014

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