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Texas woman charged with drunk driving

An alleged drunk driver was set to begin her trial in Hays County as of March 5, according to court records. The 22-year-old Texas woman has been accused of causing the death of a man as well as his unborn child back in 2016. She stands charged with drunk driving assault with a vehicle as well as several other charges. If she is found guilty, she could face jail time and will almost certainly lose her license, among other penalties. 

According to the police report from Aug. 2016, the accused woman admitted spending the day floating on a river in San Marcos while consuming alcoholic beverages. She was still wearing a bikini when her vehicle collided with another vehicle driven by a man and carrying his pregnant partner. The crash occurred on Highway 21, just two days before the couple planned to hold a gender-reveal party for their child, who was due in four months. 

The force of the impact killed the father. The mother suffered brain bleeding but was able to pull through, but she lost the baby as a result of the trauma of the accident. The 22-year-old woman who hit them allegedly admitted to being drunk at the time of the crash, and was taken into custody. In addition to the felony intoxication assault charge, she also faces two counts of felony intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle. 

No mention was made of how police determined the woman to be intoxicated at the time of the crash, including roadside sobriety or blood testing. However, such evidence would be critical in a drunk driving trial if Texas prosecutors wish to win a conviction. The woman's defense team will also likely wish to review any such evidence gathered by police to gauge its admissibility in court. 

Source: mysanantonio.com, "Trial starts for alleged drunk driver accused of killing Central Texas man and his unborn child", Kelsey Bradshaw, March 5, 2018

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