At about 1 a.m. on the morning of July 3, 2017, a Texas City official allegedly got into a traffic accident that killed a 58-year-old man and his son, age 33. The fatal crash occurred on Interstate 45 north close to the Galveston Causeway Bridge. According to accident investigators with the Galveston County Police Department, the city official was driving northbound on I-45 when she allegedly veered off of the interstate and sideswiped two men who had stopped on the shoulder. Both of the men were killed, and the woman was later transported to a local hospital to have her blood drawn, to determine what her blood alcohol content (BAC) was. She has since been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
In Texas, all forms of manslaughter are second-degree felonies. The punishments aren’t as severe as for murder, but they involve the following potential outcomes:
- Prison for 2 to 20 years
- Fines amounting to as much as $10,000
- Community service or probation
- Loss of driving privileges
Victims’ families can choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit, when their loved ones have been killed by an intoxicated driver.
In cases of vehicular manslaughter, it must be proven by the prosecution that a driver behaved recklessly. A driver is presumed to be reckless, however, if allegedly legally intoxicated. A person with a .08 BAC is legally intoxicated. A person can also be legally intoxicated or impaired from drugs or alcohol, regardless of BAC. This may be more difficult to prove in court, however.
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