It’s difficult to imagine anything more devastating than the death of four people due to someone else’s careless driving. However, when that driver turns out to be a 16-year-old male with a blood-alcohol level that exceeds the state limit, the story becomes tragic.
The young man in question was behind the wheel of a pickup truck when he drove nearly 70 miles per hour in a 40-mph zone with seven teenage friends along for the ride. Investigators than say that the young driver lost control of the truck and crashed into a vehicle parked at the side of the road, killing the motorist and three others who were helping her with her disabled SUV.
Not even the state legal drinking age of 21 yet, the young driver’s blood test showed his BAC was 0.24, far exceeding the Texas limit of 0.08. Along with the four who died in the car accident, nine other people were injured. Most of the injured were riding in the truck and were not wearing seat belts when it plowed into other cars, rolled over, and crashed into a tree.
The driver is a minor, so authorities may file charges in juvenile court. However, the prosecution may choose to certify him as an adult, due to his irresponsible behavior and prior alcohol possession and consumption violations.
This type of shocking incident destroys too many lives. Those with injuries now must face rehabilitation and healing. Those who died leave behind loved ones who will mourn their loss for years to come. At times like this, an experienced wrongful death attorney can help to navigate the difficult process that several grieving families will face.
Source: The Dallas Morning News, “Sheriff: Speed and alcohol played roles in chaotic Tarrant County wreck that killed four,” Tristan Hallman, July 9, 2013