The driver of a gold Toyota Camry caused a wrong-way crash on the Northwest
Freeway on Sunday, March 16, in Houston. The other vehicle involved was
an SUV driven by a Texas A&M student with three other A&M students
The accident occurred at almost 3 a.m. on Highway 290. The site of the
accident was near the site where a fatal accident occurred last year during
spring break. Authorities with the Harris County Sheriff's Office
have reported that they are not sure yet if the driver of the Toyota was
under the influence of alcohol. They also suggested that, since the driver
they believed to be at-fault perished in the crash, they will not be pressing
The two male and two female students in the SUV were on their way back
to the Texas A&M campus from spring break. Although photos of the
scene show a badly damaged SUV, the four students escaped the
car accident with non-fatal injuries.
When an at-fault driver dies in the accident, criminal charges are not
pursued. However, the estate of the driver and their insurance company
may be held responsible for financial burdens caused by the deceased.
This might include medical expenses caused by the accident as well as
loss of income or future expenses that are incurred as a result. If more
extensive therapy and recovery time is needed, they may pay for the therapy
as well as compensation for the victim's pain and suffering. If the
victim also perishes in the crash, their family may seek funeral expenses
and other financial compensation. An Austin personal injury attorney may
be able to help them put together their case and file their claim.
Source: KTRK, "Wrong way driver dies after slamming into SUV full of students", March 16, 2014