Authorities say driver in accident that killed 5 people was drunk
Texas drunk driving accidents are tragic on a number of levels. Someone who drinks and drives not only puts his own life in danger, but the lives of any one and everyone unlucky enough to be on the road with him. While many drunk driving accidents come about from solo drivers, when there are other people in the driver's vehicle, the potential for disaster increases exponentially.
Six people who were in a summer version of the musical "Texas" were involved in an accident after the season-ending party last month. The driver, a 20-year-old affiliated with the production, swerved into oncoming traffic while driving; his car collided with an 18-wheeler. Five people, including the driver of the car, were killed; the truck driver and one occupant of the vehicle survived.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has now released its findings on the deceased driver. He was shown to have had a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.16 percent, which is about twice the legal limit in Texas of 0.08 percent. Officials said that tests performed on the deceased man's blood showed that it also contained amounts of marijuana intoxicants.
Four of the five people who died lived in Texas, meaning this tragedy will touch a lot of lives here. The circumstances leading up to the accident haven't been revealed, but if any people realized that the 20-year-old driver was intoxicated and allowed him to drive anyway, they likely have agonized over the events. For families of those injured or killed as a result of a drunk driver, an experienced personal injury attorney can often provide a sense of direction.
Source: KWTX-TV, "Driver Drunk In Crash That Killed 5 'Texas' Cast, Crew Members," Sept. 5, 2013