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Horse-drawn carriage rear ended by drunk driver, kills tourist

A wedding anniversary spent in Galveston turned tragic when an allegedly drunk driver plowed into the back of a horse-drawn carriage. Those who have seen these carriages can understand how an injury could be severe. There is essentially no protection provided other than a reflective yield sign that hangs off the back of many carriages.

A tourist and his wife were severely injured in the accident. The carriage driver and a passenger were also injured. The 57-year-old husband from Sugar Land died as a result of his injuries. His 47-year-old wife is hospitalized at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and is listed in stable condition. The carriage driver and passenger are also still hospitalized in what was described as stable condition.

The alleged drunk driver, a 26-year-old Galveston man, was injured in the accident but attempted to flee on foot. According to news sources, bystanders held the man at the accident site until police could arrive. The 26-year-old's passenger was also injured, but left the hospital against the doctor's warnings.

The 26-year-old failed a field sobriety test and was given a blood test at the hospital to determine his blood alcohol content. The 26-year-old was charged with three counts of intoxication assault and one count of intoxication manslaughter.

In addition to facing these criminal charges, the 26-year-old could face litigation in civil court. The wife could sue for her own personal injuries as well as the wrongful death of her husband. The carriage driver and passenger could also sue for damages related to their personal injuries. While litigation cannot replace a loved one, it can provide some level of compensation to the surviving family members.

Source: chron.com, "Galveston police ID victims of fatal horse-drawn carriage accident," Robert Stanto, July 23, 2012

Our law firm represents Galveston wrongful death and personal injury clients who have issues similar to the accident described in this post.

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