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Retired Texas police officer killed in suspected DUI accident

With the high volume of traffic on the roads, drivers need to be alert and focused at all times. Even then, they can run into trouble. When someone on the road is intoxicated, they are unable to respond as well as they might need to, posing a threat to themselves and others. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents are not uncommon. One such case was suspected in Texas recently.

In Galveston, a car driven by a 19-year-old former cheerleader allegedly ran into a motorcycle as she left a parking lot. A 52-year-old senior police officer and her 61-year-old retired husband were on the motorcycle. The husband, who had served as a police officer himself, died in the incident. His wife was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

The teenage driver was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and was subsequently taken to Galveston County Jail. She faces charges of both intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter. If she is found to have been driving drunk, she may receive heavy fines and a prison term.

Accidents like this one occur all too often throughout Texas. It is always difficult to lose a loved one or see them hurt. The strain is made far greater, however, if their injury or death is brought about by the negligence of others.

In the event of an accident at the hands of someone suspected to be under the influence of alcohol, it is important to have the situation investigated fully. You may have the right to be compensated for the damage done. In order to protect yourself and those you love, it is advisable to be aware of your rights, and follow up on an accident so the fairest outcome can be reached for all concerned.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Police: Retired HPD officer killed, wife injured by allegedly drunk driver in Galveston," Cindy Horswell, Feb. 23, 2014

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