A Texas family was preparing to attend a funeral on a recent Monday. Their deceased loved one was not an elderly relative or someone who had been ill for a long time. Sadly, the grieving family was laying to rest a 10-year-old child who was killed in a recent motor vehicle collision.
3 vehicles were involved in the crash
The driver of a westbound vehicle reportedly collided with two other cars on the road. One of the cars was hit so hard that it crashed into a light pole. The force of the impact split the pole in two. Several people were transported to a hospital for emergency care. The 10-year-old child did not survive his injuries.
Boy’s father speaks about drunk driving
Police at the accident scene administered a field sobriety test to the driver who was deemed to have caused the collision. The officers say they smelled alcohol on the man’s breath and saw numerous open beer containers in his vehicle. The man reportedly failed the field sobriety test. He was first taken to a hospital and then transported to jail. The father of the child who died later stated that he wishes the man would have made a more responsible choice than to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking alcohol.
Criminal charges have been filed against the driver
The man — who is currently still in jail after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving — is facing multiple charges in connection with the collision and the child’s death. He is charged with manslaughter, several counts of DUI bodily injury and DUI property damage. When a Texas parent loses a child because of a drunk driving collision, he or she may seek justice on behalf of the child by filing a wrongful death claim in a civil court. Evidence from a related criminal case may be helpful in establishing liability in civil court.