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One boy dies, his brother fights for life in Galveston hospital

One would assume that one is safe when grilling dinner on the front porch. Tragically, the front porch of a family's apartment building became an accident scene when a car jumped the curb and crashed onto the porch where a father and his two sons were barbequing.

The two boys, ages seven and four, were both taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. The 7-year-old boy died as a result of his injuries. When the serious nature of the 4-year-old boy's burn injuries became apparent, he was transferred to Shriner's Hospital for Children in Galveston. The younger boy's burns cover more than 40% of his body. Burn injuries are very painful, and this young boy is reported to be in critical condition. The father was not reported as having any injuries.

The driver of the car that struck the family was reported to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. The 27-year-old driver of the car was not injured, but was taken to an area hospital for a blood test.

The driver has been charged with intoxication manslaughter for the death of the 7-year-old and intoxication assault for the injuries to the 4-year-old. The driver has been charged previously for driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Criminal penalties may be enhanced for a second conviction and also for causing injury and death.

When an individual injures another person through negligence he or she may be held liable in civil court for damages, including pain and suffering. If an injured person dies, as the 7-year-old has, then the family and loved ones can file a wrongful death lawsuit to compensate them for their loss.

Source: MyFox Houston, "Young Boy Struck by Car in Yard, Dies," Kristin Kane, March 19, 2012

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