Fatal crash leads to charges for intoxication manslaughter

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A 25-year-old man was allegedly speeding through Austin, Texas, when he lost control of his vehicle. He went through the median, over another road and didn't stop until his small Kia sedan slammed into a pole.

Though the man survived, a passenger in the car with him was killed. She was 24 years old. She did live long enough to be taken to Breckenridge Hospital, but passed away just a few minutes after arriving.

Police say that the man was drunk when the accident happened. As a result, he is now facing charges for intoxication manslaughter.

The accident happened on I-35, originating in the northbound lanes. It took place right around seven in the evening. According to one witness, the man claimed he's spent the day tubing, and he had been smoking and drinking a lot of alcohol. However, he later told the authorities he hadn't had that much to drink, despite making the opposite statement to the witness and to an officer on the scene.

Additionally, those who saw the car before the wreck said it had to be going at least 90 mph.

The man claimed, when questioned by the police, to have been cut off by a second vehicle. He said he lost control when he hit the brakes and tried to avoid running into it. Though the police have not given an official statement regarding that claim, it's worth noting that the witnesses did not say they'd seen the same thing.

When a loved one is killed due to reckless driving or drunk driving, family members could be able to ask for compensation for funeral costs, burial costs, medical costs and more.

Source: kvue.com, "Intoxication manslaughter charge in deadly S. Austin crash," July 13, 2015

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