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Victim of Texas DWI crash remembered at vigil

A gathering in northeastern Austin on June 14 included friends and family members of an area resident who was killed in an accident on June 10. The 44-year-old man was driving a truck at the time of the incident and was wearing a seat belt when a 27-year-old man reportedly ran a red light as his car traveled east on East Parmer Lane. The truck was T-boned, and the man was ejected in spite of his seat belt; he died at the scene of the accident. A five-year-old boy, the son of the car driver, was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries. An additional passenger suffered injuries but is reportedly recovering.

Charges of intoxication manslaughter and murder have been filed against the man who allegedly ran the red light. Authorities have not indicated what his blood alcohol content was at the time of the accident or what methods of sobriety testing were used. Officials indicate that the accident investigation is ongoing and request that information be provided by anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

As the survivors of the deceased man grieve, they may face significant financial challenges. Although a fundraising website has been created to assist them with funeral expenses, they may want to consider a wrongful death lawsuit to address damages such as lost support and loss of companionship. Legal assistance may be helpful as all financial implications and options are considered in connection with the accident.

A lawyer may help the surviving heirs of a decedent following a fatal crash like this one by working with vehicle insurance representatives to negotiate settlements. Additionally, the lawyer may glean information from accident reports in order to formulate a wrongful death claim based on per se negligence.

Source: KXAN, "Vigil held for man killed in DWI-related crash", Jeremy Thomas, June 14, 2014

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