When lives are suddenly ended in an unfortunate accident, the living are left to answer for what happened. It is not always easy, or even possible, to determine the cause of a traffic accident. However, the past actions and ill-advised admissions of those involved can lead to accusations of fault. A young woman with a checkered history has been charged with alleged DWI offenses after a fatal accident northeast of San Antonio.
The accident took place on a stretch of Highway 21 outside San Marcos, on Aug. 2, 2016. The accused had been floating on the river prior to driving home along the highway. She is alleged to have crossed the center line of the road and collided with an oncoming vehicle.
There were two occupants in the second vehicle: a 24-year-old female and her husband. The husband was killed in the accident, and the wife was taken to a hospital with a brain bleed. She was 19-weeks pregnant at the time of the accident, but the baby did not survive the accident and premature delivery had to be induced on Aug. 5.
The 21-year-old female driver of the other vehicle, who was arrested twice in 2016 for felony drug charges, allegedly admitted to drinking before getting behind the wheel. A former Dean’s List college senior, she is charged with three felonies, two counts of intoxication vehicular manslaughter and intoxication assault with a vehicle. She now faces up to 50 years jail time and $30,000 in fines.
For a young person with a bright future after a successful college career, this is a potentially life-changing turn of events. Should she be convicted, things will never be the same for her again. In order to have the best chance of a favorable outcome, any man or woman, young or old, accused of DWI should speak with an attorney. With the assistance of an accomplished professional in criminal law, it may be possible for the accused to get his or her life back on track.
Source: Houston Chronicle, “Texas State student accused in fatal San Marcos crash indicted on 3 charges“, Kelsey Bradshaw, Nov. 5, 2016