At about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017, a fiery crash occurred in Odessa, Texas, at Yukon Road and Tabosa Avenue. The investigation found that a white van used as an ice cream truck was on Yukon Road traveling west. When the van was at Tabosa Avenue, a driver in a black Dodge Challenger came from behind at a high rate of speed. The Dodge crashed into the van, and both vehicles caught fire. Authorities say there were three people in the van, and all died at the scene. There were four people in the Dodge. They all suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital. According to police, the 23-year-old who was driving the Dodge was arrested and has been charged with three counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault. In Texas, intoxication manslaughter is a second-degree felony and carries a possible punishment of 2 to 20 years for each count, along with a fine of up to $10,000. Intoxication assault is a third-degree felony and carries the same potential punishment.
The identities of two of the deceased have been released. Sixty-three-year-old Richard Jay Mackrell and Barbara Ann Mackrell, age 46, were both pronounced dead at the scene of the fiery crash.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), someone in Texas is hurt or killed in a collision involving alcohol every 20 minutes. Motorists are urged not to drink and drive. It helps to understand how much alcohol it takes to reach an alcohol level that equates to driving while intoxicated (DWI). With the first alcohol drink, impairment begins. Your body’s ability to handle alcohol is determined by such factors as:
- Body weight
- The number of drinks consumed
- The amount of food you’ve eaten
Some people can be legally intoxicated as a result of drinking two to three beers within one hour. Younger people, smaller individuals, and women typically reach a level of legal impairment with less alcohol.
If a person has a blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more, he or she is legally intoxicated and could be arrested for DWI.