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Children injured riding atop car of allegedly intoxicated woman

Sometimes in Texas, you come across traffic incidents that just make you scratch your head. More often than not, they involve intoxicated drivers doing foolish and dangerous things that no reasonable person would ever do. The resulting drunk driving accidents are often tragic and sometimes involve innocent victims.

A Texas woman is facing charges of driving while intoxicated with a child under the age of 15, intoxication assault with a vehicle and injury to a child. The charges stem from an incident in mid-June in Crowley in which the woman allegedly had six children, some of them her own, ride on the outside of a car while she drove it. They were coming from a pool, the kids were still wearing wet swimsuits, and the woman purportedly didn’t want them to damage the upholstery of the Chevy Malibu she was driving.

Not surprisingly, the children flew off the vehicle when the woman zipped around a corner. Some witnesses at the scene said it seemed like the woman didn’t notice that the kids had fallen off until several seconds later. Four of the children were subsequently taken to an area hospital for treatment for injuries. One of them, a 12-year-old girl, suffered a major head injury.

Following the accident, police arrived at the scene and had the woman undergo a field sobriety test. She reportedly failed this test and was taken into custody.

Cases like this underscore the inherent danger that exists on Texas’ roads. You may be a safe driver, but there are other motorists out there who act negligently and put everyone else on the road in jeopardy.

If you’ve been negatively affected by the actions of an intoxicated driver, an attorney may be able to help you get compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Source: Huffington Post, “'Intoxicated' Mom Drove With 6 Kids On Trunk: Cops,” David Moye, June 19, 2014

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