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Houston passenger in parked car killed by alleged drunk driver

A recent accident on the Sam Houston Parkway in Houston was a tragic reminder of how senseless and random the hand of fate can be, especially when the arm guiding it belongs to someone allegedly intoxicated.

The new reality is probably impossible to make sense of for the family of the 23-year-old woman who was killed after being thrown from a parked vehicle on the shoulder of the parkway. Certainly the loss of a life in that manner is completely senseless. How does the backseat passenger in a parked car end up thrown from the vehicle and killed?

The terrible events of the night transpired after a Lexus sedan driving down the parkway pulled to the side of the road and parked with flashers on. The female driver and front-seat passenger exited the car to repair a problem with the hood not being latched, while the other two passengers remained in the back seat. As the driver and male passenger attempted to repair the hood, they spotted a truck speeding toward them. Despite attempts by the male passenger standing outside the sedan to get the pickup truck driver’s attention and warn of an impending crash, the truck did not stop.

Though the man and woman outside the sedan were able to jump out of harm’s way and were uninjured, the rear-seat passengers who remained in the car were not so fortunate. One passenger was injured and the other was killed as she was ejected from her seat by the sheer force of the impact. The truck that hit them was allegedly driven by a drunk driver.

The 19-year-old driver was arrested at the scene and now faces vehicular intoxicated manslaughter and intoxicated assault charges.

There aren't words for how tragic this event is or to describe how much pain the victims and their families must be feeling at this time. In addition to dealing with this horrific loss, they also are faced with financial burdens due to the accident.

The law provides remedies for those who are victims of drunk drivers. Loved ones cannot be brought back, but help is available with trying to recover the massive costs that can be associated with hospitalization, funerals and other related expenses.

Source: Click2Houston, “Drunken driver charged in fatal crash,” Gianna Caserta, Marisa Breese, April 13, 2014

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