A Texas State University student is expected to go in front of a judge in San Marcos, Texas, and ask for his bond to be reduced in tragic car accident case. The 22-year-old man has spent the last month in the hospital recovering from injuries suffered in a Feb. 19 car crash. He has since been transferred to the Hays County detention facility.
The man’s bond is currently $1 million; however, attorneys for the man will request that the court reduce that amount. Court documents say that the man was driving the wrong way on I-35 when he smashed into a minivan with six occupants. A pickup truck then crashed into the minivan. Four of the occupants in the minivan died — a 31-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman and her 30-year-old husband and the couple’s 16-month-old boy. They were all pronounced dead at the accident scene. The couple’s other two children, girls ages 3 and 6, suffered minor injuries in the accident.
The man is facing four counts of manslaughter. Accident investigators are still waiting for the man’s toxicology report to determine if he was under the influences of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident. A study completed by the Texas Department of Transportation recently showed that over half of drivers who crashed while driving the wrong way were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That study was over an 18-month period in 2014 and 2015.
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident due to a wrong-way driver, you may be able to seek compensation for your loss. An attorney can give you more information on what is needed to proceed.
Source: kxan.com, “Man accused of killing 4 in wrong-way crash will ask for lower bond,” March 22, 2016