A male driver of black Mercedes Benz S-550 was killed Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, after being struck by what law enforcement authorities are alleging was a drunk driver. The unidentified decedent was driving his luxury sedan in the eastbound direction along Westheimer Road in west Houston at the time the fatal car crash occurred.
The accident happened at 3:30 a.m., early that Saturday morning. Witnesses reported having seen the driver of the other vehicle, a black Chevy Suburban SUV blaze through a red light without making any attempt to stop immediately prior to the collision.
While the driver of the Mercedes died instantly as a result of injuries he suffered in the accident, his passenger survived. That individual was reportedly transported to the hospital in serious condition. The alleged drunk driver, who was operating the vehicle at the time of the crash, was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries as well.
At the hospital, police officers were successful in securing the man’s blood sample. They intended to have it tested immediately in order to determine his level of intoxication at the time of the crash. Provided he survives the injuries he suffered in the fatal car accident, police have reported that they will charge the alleged drunk driver of the Chevy SUV not only driving while intoxicated, but vehicle manslaughter as well.
It is not all that uncommon that it is determined that a fatal car crash was caused by drunk driving, distracted driving or other instances of negligence. If you or someone you know has suffered either significant injury or has been killed as a result of his or her involvement in a car accident, a Houston, Texas, car accident attorney can provide advice and guidance in your legal matter.
Source: Chron.com, “1 killed by suspected drunk driver on Westheimer,” Brooke Lewis, Feb. 27, 2017