It really only takes a single moment for an accident to happen. In many cases, even the most experienced and safe drivers in Texas drift just inches on the roadway, potentially causing an accident. Although car accidents happen relatively frequently, people are often quick to assume that an accident is the result of a driver who is under the influence of alcohol. For example, a woman was recently arrested after a fatal accident, accused of drunk driving.
The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. on a Saturday in late January. Police claim that a 36-year-old female was driving a pickup truck south on a Texas roadway. Officials believe that she drifted across the center line, striking a southbound motorcyclist head-on.
The driver of the motorcycle, a 53-year-old man, reportedly died at the scene. Police claim that the woman was under the influence of alcohol and talking on her cellphone at the time of the accident. It is unclear what led them to these beliefs or what evidence, if any, supports their claims. She is currently being held on a charge of intoxication manslaughter.
When a person dies unexpectedly in Texas, members of the family and the community, understandably, want answers. However, a conviction of drunk driving and other charges is only possible if there is sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This high burden of proof is required to help prevent wrongful convictions. Many defendants seek the guidance of an experienced attorney in order to better understand criminal proceedings and their legal options.
Source: nbcdfw.com, “Woman Was Intoxicated, Using Phone Before Fatal Crash: Authorities“, Todd L. Davis, Feb. 1, 2016