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Man dies in Beaumont pedestrian-auto accident

Whenever a vehicle collides with a pedestrian, the results are likely to be catastrophic. Human bodies made of flesh and bone do not stand much of a chance in an impact with the weight and momentum of a vehicle.

Tragically, this became all too apparent to one man who died on the side of I-10 in Beaumont after being mowed down by a man driving a Ford Escape.

The 25-year-old man was inspecting one of the tires on his wife's car that was pulled to the side of the interstate near the Laurel Street exit on Jan. 24 about 10 p.m. As he was checking out the suspected flat tire, the driver of the Ford crashed into him.

After the impact, the Escape flipped and landed upside down. Police arrested the driver on charges of intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. The second charge stems from the injuries the wife of the fatally injured man suffered in the auto-pedestrian accident.

The driver of the Ford is presently incarcerated, with bonds set at $500,000. A local news station ran a background check on the arrested man. Court records show that he entered a guilty plea and received a sentence of 18 months of probation for a charge of driving while intoxicated in 2010.

While this case resulted in criminal charges being levied against the at-fault driver, injured parties and the survivors of the deceased in similar circumstances do not have to rely solely on the criminal justice system. The Texas civil court system is another venue for those seeking closure and compensation for their injuries and losses.

Source: KBMT, "Man charged in fatal Beaumont auto-pedestrian collision held on $500K bond," Elizabeth Jimenez, Jan. 25, 2016

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