Four individuals — a mother and her three young children — have sadly passed away in a motor vehicle collision in Texas. According to police, the accident was the result of a man’s decision to drive while impaired by drugs. The man believed to have caused the fatal crash now faces several charges in connection with the collision.
Events leading up to the fatal crash
The recent fatal crash took place at about 8:30 p.m. on a Sunday. According to police, a woman, 28, was driving west on Farm to Market Road 2920 with her children. All of a sudden, a car driven by a man, 35, rear-ended the woman’s car. The woman’s car then reportedly crashed into multiple other automobiles and caught fire.
The woman and one child, 7 months old, passed away at the crash scene, whereas her two other children — ages 2 and 5 — died at the hospital. Police said the man who caused the accident had been pulled over not long before the crash. During the police stop, authorities reportedly confiscated marijuana from his car and told him that he may face criminal charges later for possessing the drug. However, at that time, he allegedly did not display any signs of being impaired and was therefore released. He now faces intoxication manslaughter charges (three counts) as well as an intoxication assault charge (one count).
Legal options following the collision
The surviving loved ones of the woman and children who died in the crash may choose to file wrongful death claims against the man accused of causing the accident. If the man ends up being convicted on his criminal charges, proof of this may be presented in a related civil court proceeding with the goal of establish liability for the crash. In a claim that is successfully litigated, a judge may award damages to cover the victims’ burial costs and other losses resulting from the tragic Texas crash.