Drinking and driving is an epidemic across the country. Not only do intoxicated drivers put themselves and anyone else in their vehicles at risk, but everyone they come across on the roadways are also at risk. Many times, someone arrested for drunk driving has already been convicted of a DWI. They continue to drive, though, even when their drivers’ licenses are suspended or revoked.

For one 30-year-old woman, though, a conviction for intoxicated assault with a vehicle and intoxicated manslaughter was her first conviction. She received a sentence of 13 years, with 11 years being for the felony intoxicated manslaughter charge and two years being for the intoxicated assault with a vehicle.

The drunk driving accident occurred on the Nolanville overpass of Highway 190. Killed in the crash was a 29-year-old man from Killeen, Texas. He was married with a young son.

The woman, who is the mother of four children under the age of 5, pleaded guilty to the charges, and her sentence was handed down by a jury.

The defendant asked for probation, as she said she is now suffering from suicidal thoughts and depression as a result of the accident. She said, though, that she has no memory of the accident.

This tragic story highlights the importance of responsibility when one is drinking. When a loved one is killed in a drunk driving car accident, the surviving family members have a right to pursue a wrongful death suit against the drunk driver. While this will not replace their lost loved one, compensation may help with final expenses, medical expenses and other financial needs. In addition, claims may be made for non-economic damages.

Source: Killeen Daily Herald, “Tackett receives 13 years” Courtney Griffin, Jun. 04, 2014