Readers of this blog may recall the story of the youth pastor who was killed in a tragic car accident last month ("Texas car accident kills good Samaritan, 3 others; Teen Driver," June 24, 2013). At the time, the investigation was ongoing. Texas law enforcement officials suspected that the 16-year-old boy driving the pick-up truck in the accident had been drinking and driving. The accident caused personal injury to nine individuals and four people died.
Police who have investigated the accident allege that the boy's alcohol level was three times the limit allowed by law when the crash occurred. The boy was driving his pick-up truck at approximately 70 miles per hour when he collided with a sport utility vehicle that had a flat tire. The accident happened on June 15.
The blood-alcohol limit for Texas drivers is 0.08, but the boy was driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.24. Eight other passengers were riding in the pick-up truck that the boy was driving at the time of the accident. Police stated it is a miracle no other fatalities occurred. Law enforcement also claims to have surveillance video of the teens from the pick-up stealing a couple cases of alcoholic beverage from Wal-Mart.
Under Texas law, family members of the four people who died, as well as the nine people who were injured, may file wrongful death and/or personal injury claims. Police on scene say the incident was one of the most horrific they have ever had to deal with to date. Clearly, no amount of money will ever be able to compensate these victims, but it could help them deal with medical expenses, end of life expenses and other damages related to the accident.
Source: Source: khou.com, "Sheriff: N. Texas teen in quadruple-fatal crash was drunk, speeding," Steve Stoler, Josh Davis and Monika Diaz, July 10, 2013