When one is young, one wants to fit in with the crowd and be a part of the “cool” crowd. However, being “cool” can often entail dangerous and illegal activities such as underage drinking. When drinking in a crowd of people, the peer pressure can be dangerous enough, but when a young person attempts to drive home after partying, he puts his life in danger as well as every other driver on the road. A Texas young adult has discovered the very serious consequences of such reckless actions because the young adult killed a person and injured another in a car accident.
Three vehicles were involved in the car accident. One car contained the man who was killed and his wife who was seriously injured, and one car containing only a driver who was reportedly uninjured. According to the police report, the suspect allegedly swerved into oncoming traffic, hit the vehicle containing only the driver and then hit the car containing two people directly head-on.
The couple was taken to an area hospital where the husband died the following day due to his injuries. The suspect was arrested with three charges of intoxication assault including driving on the wrong side of the road, causing serious injury and assault with a vehicle. His blood alcohol content was not disclosed.
It is not stated in the report whether or not the suspect will be tried as an adult or in the Texas juvenile court since he was 17 at the time of the accident, but due to the seriousness of the crime, he could be sent to adult court. Regardless of the outcome of his criminal trial for the car accident, the wife will likely be able to file two personal injury claims against the young adult since the police have deemed the accident to be his fault. A personal injury claim for her and a wrongful death claim for her husband can help to compensate her for the pain and suffering she has endured.
Source: Source: statesman.com, “Fatal wreck trial date set,” Erin Green, July 24, 2013