Sadly, every day on America's streets and highways, thousands of car accidents happen. They forever change individuals and their family's lives. Texas streets are becoming increasingly crowded with commuter cars, buses and various kinds of trucks.
The roads are very crowded and congested, resulting in serious accidents time and again. However, pedestrians are hit by cars in parking lots and while crossing the street as well. In Texas, single car accidents and hit-and-run accidents happen far too often.
An alleged underage drunken driver was arrested recently in Texas after police said he hit and killed a woman in a parking lot and then drove away. The fatal accident happened outside a shopping center in the evening hours.
According to police, the 58-year-old woman was walking in the parking lot when she was hit by the car. She died from her injuries at the scene. Police said the driver, an 18-year-old man, drove away after the incident; however, his car broke down, and he was taken into custody.
Following his arrest, the man was charged with intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle and failure to stop and give aid. Bond was set at $30,000 for each count. The felony charge of intoxication manslaughter deals with the defendant carelessly causing the death of another person while intoxicated. Under Texas law, if an incident of DWI leads to the death of another person, then the driver can be charged with this crime. Intoxication manslaughter is a second degree felony in Texas. The person, if convicted, could go to jail for not less than 2 years up to 20 years and be given a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Criminal defense attorneys experienced in handling DWI cases can help protect a defendant's rights. In addition, these professionals can also help ensure a defendant gets a fair and impartial trial, something that everyone charged with a crime has a right to.
Source: abclocal.go.com, "Suspected drunk driver arrested after fatal hit-and-run crash in west Houston" No author given, Nov. 23, 2013