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Police in Texas say drunk driver responsible for fatal crash

A 30-year-old Texas man is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge after being involved in a high-speed crash that left a woman dead in northwest Harris County on Sept. 22. Deputies from the Harris County Sheriff's Office took the man into custody after toxicology testing performed at a Houston medical facility revealed that he had been intoxicated at the time of the accident.

According to police, the man was exceeding the posted speed limit as he proceeded northbound on Veterans Memorial Drive in Houston at approximately 12:10 a.m. The woman was killed when the man's Infiniti sedan struck her Honda Accord as she was attempting to make a left turn from Veterans Memorial Drive onto West Road. Paramedics say that she died at the scene. The man was also injured, and he was transported by ambulance to Ben Taub Hospital. The nature of his injuries was not disclosed.

Police reports indicate that the man ran through a red light before striking the woman's car, and first responders say that he was responsive and talking when they arrived at the scene. Initial reports did not disclose the substance or substances that toxicology tests had discovered in the man's system or their quantities.

Individuals who get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or taking drugs can face both criminal and civil sanctions if they cause an accident that leads to injury or death. Drunk driving cases are generally treated seriously by prosecutors, and a criminal conviction for drunk driving may be enough to establish negligence in a fatal motor vehicle accident lawsuit.

Source: KPRC, "Woman killed by suspected drunken driver, deputies say," Lea Wilson, Sept. 22, 2016

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