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Houston – DUI driver killed young mom

Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2018 at 2:29 pm    

A fatal collision involving a drunk driver took place in the 1500 block of College Avenue, east of the Gulf Freeway.

According to authorities, the driver was driving a pick-up truck along College Avenue when it crossed three lanes and crashed into an oncoming SUV. The head-on crash instantly killed the SUV driver who was later identified as 23-year-old Taylor Phillips. Her passenger, a 48-year-old woman and one-year-old boy, were transported to the nearest medical center for treatment. They are now recovering at home.

The suspect, 19-year-old Erick Hernandez, had been drinking at a bar before the incident took place. The police say Hernandez is facing intoxication manslaughter charges.

Texas Car Accidents

In the United States, Texas is one of the leading states in the number of traffic collisions involving fatalities. In fact, in 2015 alone, the state recorded more than 1,300 deaths caused by intoxicated drivers. Despite the government’s aggressive efforts to keep DUI-related collisions down, Texas remains the worst state in the country for alcohol-involved car crashes.

What are the penalties for drunk driving in Texas? Depending on a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) and other circumstances, they can be charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and face punishments such as jail time and thousands of dollars of fines. They could also face civil lawsuits from any victims of their reckless behavior.


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