A 41-year-old man has been accused of drunk driving in an accident that killed three people on a family vacation. The car crash occurred on Nov. 11 at about 3:30 p.m. on Research Boulevard in Austin. According to authorities, a man was driving an SUV northbound before it crossed the median and struck a sedan carrying the family. In Texas, those charged with DWI or DUI may face serious legal penalties.
The driver of the SUV was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center where blood tests allegedly showed a blood alcohol content of .203. Two of the cars' occupants were killed instantly, and another passenger in the car sustained life-threatening injuries and died after being removed from life support. Police have charged the man with intoxication assault, and manslaughter causing serious bodily injury. Police are asking for the public's help to determine what may have happened in the hours before the crash.
A DWI charge comes with potentially severe consequences. Some will suffer financial hardship due to hefty fines imposed, and marriages may buckle under the added pressure, potential jail time and even job loss are not uncommon. Courts can suspend a driver's license and order those convicted to attend treatment programs if deemed necessary.
Everyone is innocent until -- and only if -- proven otherwise, and each accused individual has the right to legal representation. Those facing DWI charges in Texas may want to consult with an astute criminal attorney. An insightful lawyer will determine what approach to take and aggressively prepare and present a solid defense to achieve the best possible outcome for the client
Source: kvue.com, "Third family member dies in alleged drunk driving crash on U.S. 183", Nov. 17, 2017