On November 11, 2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the Latulippe family of Valley Center, California, were killed in a head-on collision in Austin, Texas. According to the Austin Police Department, a 41-year-old man was on Research Road driving northbound when he crossed a median and entered lanes of southbound traffic. His vehicle struck the Fiat the Latulippe’s were traveling in head-on. Thirty-eight-year old Nancy Latulippe and her 14-year-old son, Jackson, were both pronounced dead at the scene. Scott, age 41, suffered life-threatening injuries and was quickly transported to Dell Seton Hospital, where he underwent surgery. Ten-year-old Kiera suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center. Police say the man who allegedly caused the deadly crash had a blood alcohol level more than 2.5 times the legal limit. The man was arrested on two felony counts, those being intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter.
An auto accident involving alcohol consumption occurs in Texas approximately every 20 minutes. Last year, 987 people died in incidents involving driving while intoxicated (DWI). The fatalities included: 149 people in automobiles not driven by an alleged drunk driver; 638 motorists who were driving under the influence (DUI); 143 passengers in automobiles driven by DUI drivers; and 56 cyclists and pedestrians.
There were 17,434 DUI collisions last year, and the five cities with the most drunk driving collisions were: San Antonio with 1,845; Houston with 1,492; Austin with 1,432; Dallas with 1,310; and El Paso with 758.