Criminal charges for drivers accused of being intoxicated behind the wheel are severe and can quickly lead to a loss of driving privileges, fines and jail time. These consequences may be even more severe when drunk driving charges are filed alongside other charges, such as intoxication manslaughter. One Texas man is dealing with this situation following a deadly hit-and-run accident.
Witnesses apparently called police to the scene of the wreck shortly after it happened. According to their reports, the 29-year-old drove his van over a curb and struck a 48-year-old man around 7:15 p.m. The victim died at the scene. Instead of stopping to check on the man, he allegedly returned to the roadway and continued driving. A passenger was seen exiting and running away from the scene, although that individual was later apprehended by authorities.
Police eventually caught up with the hit-and-run driver after he ran into a tree. Witnesses to this wreck claim that they kept the driver at this scene while they waited for officers to respond. It is unclear if he was willing to cooperate with authorities, as he was ultimately taken to an area hospital where his blood was drawn and used to determine a blood-alcohol content.
The driver is in police custody on charges of intoxication manslaughter, failing to stop and render aid, possessing marijuana and more. When faced with such severe criminal allegations, it is important for Texas defendants to fully understand the charges, related evidence and the potential consequences. Doing so can usually provide a better foundation upon which to begin criminal defense planning for drunk driving charges.