One person is dead and another hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash on Sunday, November 7th, in Arlington. The crash was caused by an intoxicated driver who is being charged with intoxication manslaughter.
The Deadly Crash
At 2:36 a.m. on November 7th, a crash occurred at the intersection of North Collins Street and the westbound service road of Interstate 30.
Police reported that the driver of a Hyundai Sonata ran a red light and hit a Honda HRV that was driving through the intersection. There were two passengers in the Honda HRV, which was providing a rideshare service at the time. Both passengers were taken to a local area hospital.
The driver of the Honda HRV suffered minor injuries. The passenger, a 37-year-old male, died from his injuries.
The driver of the Hyundai Sonata was later identified as a 50-year-old female. She was also taken to a local area hospital.
Authorities obtained a search warrant for the woman’s blood draw. She was later charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury.
The Dangers of Driving Under the Influence
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 28 people die every day in drunk-driving crashes. That’s about one death every 52 minutes.
In 2019, a total of 10,142 people died from drunk-driving crashes.
Driving under the influence of alcohol can affect your ability to operate a vehicle safely. Alcohol can impair your thinking, reasoning, and muscle coordination. As alcohol levels rise, the negative effects on your central nervous system increase.
The alcohol level in a person’s system is measured by the weight of the alcohol in a certain volume of blood, known as Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). Once your BAC is at 0.8 grams of alcohol per deciliter of blood, your risk for crashing increases. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have made it illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.8 or higher.
To decrease the risk of crashing, it’s important to be a responsible driver. Examples of responsible behavior include:
- Plan a safe ride home before starting the party. Choose a non-drinking friend as your designated driver.
- Don’t let a person get behind the wheel if you know they’ve been drinking. Take their keys away and help them arrange a sober ride home.
- If you choose to drink, do not drive home under any circumstances. Call a taxi, ride-sharing service, or a sober friend.
- Make sure all guests leave with a sober driver if you choose to serve alcohol at a party.
- Always wear your seatbelt to protect yourself from impaired drivers.
Driving under the influence can greatly impair your judgment and put the lives of others in jeopardy. If you choose to drink, be a responsible driver and make the proper arrangements beforehand. You’ll protect yourself and others on the road from a serious crash, injury, or fatality.
If you’ve been injured in a crash due to a drunk driver, reach out to your Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns for justice and compensation.