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Father facing drunk driving charges for fatal accident

A Texas father is currently in police custody for allegedly causing a deadly accident. Accused of drunk driving, authorities have filed several charges, including at least two counts of intoxication assault and felony murder. His blood-alcohol content was allegedly about three times that of the legal limit at the time of his arrest.

The 33-year-old father was apparently driving while his wife and two children were passengers. While heading eastbound, he supposedly blew through a red light at an intersection on U.S. 90 and struck another vehicle that had the right-of-way. It is unclear if anyone in the second vehicle was hurt, but there were several serious injuries in his own vehicle.

His 11-year-old daughter was airlifted to an area hospital, but later died from her injuries. Her 15-year-old brother survived the impact and was hospitalized, but at last update, he was listed as being in a coma. The driver's wife also suffered severe injuries -- including pelvic fractures -- and was also hospitalized for treatment. The extent of the driver's injuries were not clear, but they were apparently not severe.

In court, a judge set the driver's bond at $200,000. Since these extend beyond typical drunk driving charges, the defendant likely understands that he has a lot more on the line than simply losing his driving privileges. When Texas defendants are facing situations similar to this, it is important to approach criminal defense planning in as timely a manner as possible. It is not necessary to wait for police to complete their investigation, as any new evidence or information can usually be folded into the process.

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