A teen is dead and her father has been injured after a pickup truck crashed into their home in White Settlement, Texas. The crash occurred on Sunday, August 7, at around 6 p.m.
The Pickup Truck Crash
On Sunday, August 7, police responded to a call about a crash in the 9300 block of Jason Court.
According to police, a pickup truck pulling a trailer was traveling at a high rate of speed down the road when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The truck ran through the backyard of a home, crossed the street, and crashed into several bedrooms of another house.
There were three people inside the home at the time of the crash: a teenage girl who was pronounced dead at the scene; her father, who was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries; and her mother, who did not suffer any serious injuries. Both parents are teachers in the local school district.
Police stated that the 63-year-old driver of the pickup truck was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. He also had a female passenger in the truck at the time of the crash. She was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
According to police, the 63-year-old driver has had three previous convictions for driving while intoxicated.
Six Tips To Make Sure You Will Never Drink and Drive
An innocent night out with friends can quickly become a severe or fatal crash if the proper precautions aren’t taken. While many drivers are confident in their ability to handle alcohol, most are still inhibited behind the wheel. It is never worth risking someone else’s life to drive after you’ve been drinking, and there is never a good reason to drink and drive.
To avoid putting yourself in bad and dangerous situations, you need to take the steps ahead of time to avoid driving when you know you’ll be in a place with alcohol. Below, you can find some common ways to ensure that you never make the irresponsible and potentially deadly choice to drink and drive:
- Assign a Designated Driver — Before the night begins, ask if any of your friends are willing to be the designated driver. This person won’t drink during the night and can keep everyone else accountable.
- Give a Trusted Friend Your Keys — You won’t be in the right head space after a few drinks. Give a friend your keys ahead of time to help you avoid drinking and driving.
- Call a Taxi or Rideshare Service — Taxis and rideshare services are usually readily available for those who are too intoxicated to drive. Save a cab company’s number in your phone or download the appropriate app and schedule your ride when needed.
- Never Drink When You’re Alone — It can be difficult to hold yourself accountable when drinking alone. Choose a fun mocktail to enjoy instead.
- Wait Two or Three Hours to Sober Up — It takes time for your blood alcohol levels to go down. Don’t be in a rush to leave. Instead, take a walk or hang out with friends.
- Don’t Feel Pressured to Drink Alcohol — You don’t need to drink alcohol to have a good time with friends. If you’re not comfortable doing so, grab a different beverage of choice and enjoy your time while sober.
Don’t let overconfidence get the best of you. Even the most skilled driver can quickly lose control of their vehicle due to the effects of alcohol. To keep yourself and others on the road safe, make arrangements ahead of time to avoid driving while intoxicated.
If you’ve been the victim of an intoxicated driver, reach out to Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns to get started on your car accident claim.