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Suspect in Fatal DWI Wreck Flees Country

Three families of the teenage victims of a recent fatal DWI accident are in limbo as authorities scramble to bring the driver to justice. In the early hours of a recent Friday morning, Sajan Timalshina of Houston, ran a red light in the intersection of Highway 59 and the Sam Houston Tollway and plowed into an SUV carrying seven people, including five teenagers.

On the scene of the accident, two of the teenagers were declared dead and one teenager later died at the hospital. The other occupants of the SUV were taken to the hospital for serious injuries and have since been released.

Timalshina was interrogated at the scene of the accident and failed field sobriety tests. He refused to provide a blood sample to test for alcohol, but because the wreck had already resulted in fatalities, police were able to obtain a blood sample without his consent.

Timalshina was sent to Ben Taub General Hospital and his blood alcohol content (BAC) was measured at .075 several hours after the accident. Through testing, lab analysts were able to determine that Timalshina's BAC was probably between .127 and .162 at the time of the accident. Thus, Timalshina was likely legally intoxicated when he smashed into the SUV carrying the teenagers.

Timalshina Escapes to Nepal?

Even though Timalshina was apparently legally intoxicated at the time of the accident, he was not placed under arrest. He was not formally charged until the Monday after the accident, but by that time, he had already fled the country to escape to his home country of Nepal. Officials believed he traveled through Qatar on his way to Nepal. The United States Marshals have been requested to track down Timalshina. The U.S. Marshals are responsible for apprehension of international fugitives that have fled the U.S. to avoid criminal prosecution.

If the U.S. Marshals are successful in finding Timalshina and bringing him back to Texas, he will face charges for intoxication and manslaughter for causing the deaths of the three teenagers killed in the crash. Other charges may follow.

Source: KVUE.com "HPD: Driver charged in crash that killed 3 teenage girls flees the country" 7/14/2010 

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