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Driver killed; others injured in related drunk driving accidents

Texas officials are working to locate a driver that they say caused a fatal collision on a local highway. Officials say that two crashes along FM 1960 that occurred during the early morning hours of a recent Sunday appear to have been drunk driving accidents involving two separate drivers. The man who was driving a pickup in the first collision fled the scene on foot.

The report states that a small passenger vehicle carrying three people was traveling west along the highway at approximately 2 a.m. A  pickup truck was also headed west and was purportedly traveling at a high rate of speed. It then caught up to the smaller car and struck it forcefully in the rear bumper. The impact caused the car to go into a spin and then split into two pieces, killing the driver. According to witnesses, the driver of the pickup appeared to be intoxicated and fled the scene.

Authorities believe that the driver caught a ride with someone. The two other passengers in the car were injured and transported to local hospitals. Officials used tow trucks to block that portion of the road in the aftermath of the wreck. While the road was still blocked, a driver in an SUV smashed into three of the heavier vehicles. He was extricated from the wreckage and taken for treatment of his injuries, as was a passenger in one of the trucks. 

Texas officials are awaiting test results to determine whether this driver was impaired. Victims, or surviving family of deceased victims of drunk driving accidents may face long recovery periods from their injuries or from the emotional pain of losing loved ones. These types of tragedies also often result in significant monetary damages. A thoroughly prepared and successfully navigated personal injury or wrongful death civil lawsuit may result in a monetary judgment to help relieve these financial burdens.

Source: khou.com, "HCSO: Drunk driver flees scene after fatal crash in NE Harris Co.", March 25, 2018

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