A man has been arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter after killing two people in a four-vehicle crash. The crash occurred on Monday, January 10, in Houston. 

The driver being charged lost control of his Dodge Ram pickup and struck a blue Kia Rio head-on. The driver of the Kia and the passenger of the Dodge Ram were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Four-Vehicle Crash

A four-vehicle crash occurred on Monday, January 10, in the 11600 block of Bannister Lane. Houston police responded to the scene around 7:11 p.m. 

According to investigators, the 28-year-old driver of a Dodge Ram pickup was driving westbound when he lost control of his vehicle. His truck struck a curb, then went into the eastbound lane of traffic, where he struck a Kia Rio head-on and rolled over. The impact sent the Kia Rio into another lane, where it was hit by a Ford F-450 tow truck that was towing a vehicle.

The female passenger of the Dodge Ram pickup was ejected from the truck when it rolled over. She, along with the male driver of the Kia, were pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver of the Dodge Ram was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter.

The Consequences of Intoxication Manslaughter in Texas

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious offense alone, but when a driver’s intoxication leads to the harm of others, they may face even greater charges. In Texas, intoxication manslaughter is treated as a second-degree felony. 

The minimum penalties for intoxication manslaughter are as follows:

  • Between 2 and 20 years in prison
  • Fines up to $10,000
  • License suspension between 2 months to 6 years
  • Other possible penalties such as community service

These charges are only the minimum penalties. Stiffer charges and a greater classification of charges could be added in certain cases. 

The minimum charges can also be compounded with other charges, such as manslaughter if another person is killed in the crash. Those who are charged with intoxication manslaughter face other consequences as well, including:

  • Destruction of their reputation
  • Difficulty getting jobs
  • Family troubles like separation or divorce

When a person makes the decision to drink alcohol and get behind the wheel, they risk facing both legal and social consequences. Fines, jail time, and loss of a social life are not worth the chance you take to drink and drive. 

If you choose to drink and drive, make other ride arrangements with a loved one or ride-share service before you continue on with your night. Doing so can protect yourself from legal and social consequences, and from harming others.

Reach out to your Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns today to get started on your legal claim.

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Source: Click2Houston, Fox26Houston


About Keith Lapeze

Keith Lapeze co-founded Lapeze & Johns with the focus of delivering dependable legal services to individuals hurt in accidents caused by negligence. After graduating third in his class from Louisiana State University Law Center, Mr. Lapeze continued his calling through commercial, environmental, and tort litigation where he is admitted to practice in both Texas and Louisiana, the United States Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Read more about Keith Lapeze here.