A car accident has claimed the life of a student who attended Hays Consolidated Independent School District. The 16-year-old boy was a passenger in an older Jeep. The Austin, Texas, police said there were four occupants in the vehicle; the driver was a 28-year-old male.

Authorities believe the four were off-roading when the crash occurred next to the Southpark Meadows shopping center. The Jeep caught fire after it flipped. Three of the occupants were able to get out, but the deceased teen was trapped.

Police arrested the driver, charging him with DWI. According to court documents, the officers stated Ramirez had “an odor of an alcoholic beverage.” According to police, a major factor in the accident was alcohol and a senior police officer with the Austin Police Department said, “Intoxicated driving, there are always consequences.”

A spokesman for the school district said that since October, four current students and two former students have died. Grief counselors will be available to students.

When an accident like this occurs, the family is often unable to make sense of much of anything. To hear that a loved one was killed because of another person’s negligence and recklessness is hard to cope with. While everyone painfully knows a wrongful death lawsuit will not bring their loved one back, it can provide a sense of justice.

A criminal case does not need to be won or even filed for a civil lawsuit to be filed. It can help bolster a civil case, though. An attorney experienced in seeking compensation for car accident victims and their families can provide information on how to begin.

Source: kxan.com, “Man charged with DWI in crash that killed Hays HS student,” Dave Byknish, Jan. 13, 2016