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Texas coach mourned after fatal motor vehicle accident

When a life is taken too soon in a tragic and preventable way, it may cause an entire community to ask why. This is certainly the case recently when a Texas high school athletic coach died in a fatal motor vehicle accident that seriously injured his wife. The couple had been high school sweethearts, and their two children are 1 and 3 years of age.

The couple was returning from a wedding at around 1:30 a.m. when a drunk driver drove his pickup truck the wrong way on a tollway, crashing head on into the couple's vehicle. The coach died two hours later at the hospital, and his wife remains in a coma with numerous broken bones. Family, friends and students of the coach mourned when they heard of his death. His parents had been babysitting the children when they learned of the accident.

Police say the driver of the pickup had a blood alcohol content three times over the legal limit and allegedly had multiple open alcohol containers in his vehicle. Apparently, this was not his first DUI offense. In fact, if he is convicted of the intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault charges he now faces, he may spend up to 30 years in prison.

When the coach's wife recovers from her injuries, she will have a new life to face, one that does not include the supportive and inspirational husband and father taken from her in this accident. Part of moving forward for many people in similar situations is seeking recompense from the people responsible for their pain and suffering. The families and survivors of fatal motor vehicle accidents in Texas have recourse to legal advice to assist them if they choose to exercise their rights in civil court.

Source:, "Man charged in wrong-way crash that killed Heights High School coach", June 12, 2017

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