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A Man is Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter Following a Fatal Crash in Houston, Texas

A Kranz (wreath) of Kölsch beer.
A Kranz (wreath) of Kölsch beer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 31-year-old man has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after allegedly causing the car accident which killed one person and injured two others in southwest Houston, according to police.

On June 23 at about 6:30 p.m., the suspected drunk driver was traveling westbound in a Ford Explorer on South Main’s service road when he attempted to enter U.S. 90.  The man lost control of the vehicle and struck the right rear side of a Toyota 4-Runner that was in the center lane of the highway, traveling west.  Both of the cars rolled over several times.

The person who died in the fatal crash was a passenger in the Explorer.  The driver and a passenger in the 4-Runner were transported to nearby hospitals; they are both seriously injured, but the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The accused was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital, where he was determined to have been intoxicated at the time of the crash, police said.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in Texas there is an injury or fatality that is related to alcohol every 20 minutes.  Their recommendations for staying safe are:

  • Do not drink alcohol and drive.
  • Designate a driver who will abstain from drinking alcohol.
  • If you’ve been drinking and need a ride, call a taxicab.
  • If possible, spend the night where you are.

Did you know that impairment from alcohol begins with the first drink?  The things which affect your body’s ability to handle alcohol include:

  • Body weight
  • Gender
  • Number of drinks consumed
  • Amount of food eaten

Drinking two or three beers in 60 minutes is enough to make some people intoxicated above the legal limit for driving; for younger people, smaller people, and women, less alcohol is usually required.

–Guest Contributor

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