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Drunk driver kills three in Arlington

Drunk driving can lead to can lead to horrific traffic accidents, as a report from Dallas demonstrates this morning. A drunken driver rear-ended another car on the I-30 early this morning, leaving two adults and a child dead. The crash occurred overnight at 2:30 a.m. when pickup struck the back end of a sedan. The car was left disabled in the center lane of I-30 without working taillights, when a second pickup pulling a trailer with landscape materials slammed into it.

The police have indicated that they believe the second crash was the crash that killed the occupants in the sedan. That crash killed the driver at the scene, and the female and child were declared dead at the hospital. The man who was driving the pickup that caused the first crash attempted to leave the scene of the fatal accident, but was arrested by the police as he fled.

He is facing charges of intoxication manslaughter and failing to stop and render aid, according to news reports. He had previously pled no contest to a DUI in 2002. The story does not state what his blood alcohol content (BAC) was at the time of the accident.

It is unfortunate that after more than 30 years of publicity and ever increasing penalties for drunk driving that we continue to read of these incidents in Texas and elsewhere. More than a third of the highway fatalities nationwide are alcohol related. If you have been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, contact an attorney to ensure your rights to compensation are protected.

Source: Dallasnews.com, "I-30 reopens in Arlington after drunken-driving crash kills two adults, child," Christina Rosales, July 24, 2013

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