A 44-year-old Austin man was killed in a suspected
DWI crash on the evening of Tuesday, June 10. The man was driving his truck on Harris
Branch Parkway when another driver, a 27-year-old man, allegedly ran a
red light on East Parmer Lane. He hit the side of the truck. Despite the
fact that the truck's driver was wearing a seatbelt, he was ejected
from the vehicle and died at the scene.
The 27-year-old man was intoxicated, according to police. His 5-year-old
son died at the hospital following the
car crash, and another passenger is still recovering. Though the accident is still
being investigated, the man has been charged with intoxication manslaughter
and murder. Reports did not indicate what his blood alcohol content was
at the time of the crash. Family and friends have set up a fund to cover
funeral expenses for the man who was killed.
For those who have lost a loved one due to another person's negligence,
improper driving or intoxication, financial and emotional duress can complicate
the grieving process and make it extremely difficult to go on with everyday
tasks following the incident. In this case, a fund was set up for funeral
costs, but crowdsourcing is not always successful.
Wrongful Death Settlements
In these instances, it may be helpful to talk to an Austin injury lawyer
who has experience with pursuing a
wrongful death settlement. A settlement is a sum of money sought from the insurance provider
of the person at fault. The settlement may be used to cover medical bills
that accumulated prior to death, funeral costs and other expenses. If
the deceased was a family breadwinner, settlement money may also be used
to support the family as they begin to recover from the loss.
Source: KXAN, "Vigil held for man killed in DWI-related crash", Jeremy Thomas, June 14, 2014