Our Galveston wrongful death attorneys relate this story as a strong reminder to never drink and drive. A 17-year-old boy had been at a party with his friends earlier in the day where alcohol was served to minors with deadly effect. Several of the boy’s friends were with him in a red pickup truck at the time of the fatal DWI crash near Burleson, Texas.
The chain reaction wreck began when a young woman lost control of her SUV and ended up in a ditch. Several Good Samaritans came to her rescue. We sadly note that Good Samaritans in Texan form a regular component of fatal accident statistics.
A mother and daughter team, Hollie and Shelby Boyles, tried to assist the SUV driver, as did Brian Jennings, a youth pastor at Alsbury Baptist Church. All four of these innocent people were fatally run over by the 17-year-old in the red pickup truck, who reportedly had been drinking at a party earlier. The tragic accident reportedly left a horrific 300-foot debris field that emergency responders and accident investigators had to examine and clear. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is reportedly trying to determine where the alcohol came from that had intoxicated the boy. (Source: dfw.cbslocal.com, 6/17/13)
The hearts and prayers of our Galveston wrongful death attorneys are with the family and friends of all of the innocent victims of this tragic accident. We reiterate that it is illegal to serve alcohol to minors, for reasons that this devastating, fatal accident clearly reveals.
The Fatal Toll Taken by Drunken Drivers
In 2010, drunken drivers caused 10,228 fatal crashes. This number represents approximately 1 in 3 of ALL fatal crashes for that year. In any average year, alcohol-related accidents account for about 33% of all U.S. traffic fatalities.
Houston, we have a Problem
Our Galveston wrongful death attorneys emphasize that Texas posted the highest number of fatal, alcohol-related crashes, with 2,998. This is almost 25% of the total number for all U.S. states combined. California (2,715) and Florida (2,445) had the second- and third-highest totals. Harris County generally takes the top spot each year for the most alcohol-related accidents in Texas.
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