Police have arrested a driver that they claim might have played a role in the death of a motorcyclist. The deceased victim was apparently not wearing any type of helmet at the time of the deadly accident, which is illegal in Texas except under certain circumstances. The driver suspected of striking the motorist was initially arrested on allegations of intoxicated assault, although those DWI charges were upgraded following the motorcyclist’s death.
The 59-year-old man had supposedly made a fast-food purchase just before the accident. After picking up his order in a drive-thru lane at a fast-food joint, police say the driver then pulled out of the parking lot and onto an adjacent street. However, he allegedly cut a motorcyclist off, causing the motorcycle rider to strike his vehicle.
Emergency responders transported the motorcyclist to a local hospital where he later died. The exact methods used to determine the pickup truck’s driver blood-alcohol content have not been made readily available, but police do believe that he might have been under the influence at the time of the wreck. He was initially arrested and placed behind bars for intoxication assault.
At last report, the driver was still in Texas police custody, although he will likely have the option to be released on bail in the near future. The handling of serious DWI charges — such as intoxicated manslaughter — is an important matter that should typically be attended to in as timely a manner as possible. In order to achieve the most favorable outcome possible, it is often advisable to begin preparing a focused defense based upon a careful and critical review of the charges alongside a defendant’s respective legal counsel.
Source: crimeblog.dallasnews.com, “Motorcyclist dies after Carrollton crash involving suspected drunk driver”, Naheed Rajwani, July 31, 2015