Getting a flat tire on the road is stressful enough for Texas drivers without worrying about traffic while they change it. Most drivers will be careful to get as far out of the way of traffic as possible, but sometimes that is not enough. A certain number of car accident deaths each year are the result of another vehicle hitting one that is on the shoulder with a flat tire or some other mechanical issue.
A 17-year-old was in a vehicle that got a flat tire on a Texas freeway. As he was changing the tire, another vehicle came along and crashed into his vehicle. Sadly, the teen suffered severe injuries to which he succumbed at the scene.
Police reports regarding the incident reveal that the 32-year-old man driving the car that hit the teen's car is suspected of having been intoxicated at the time of the crash. A controlled substance was allegedly found to be in the custody and control of the driver. Officials took him into custody, and he faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and intoxicated manslaughter. Officials have not reported the results of any toxicology sample that may have been taken as part of the investigation.
As law enforcement authorities move forward with the criminal case, the family of the teen may exercise its right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver. If Texas prosecutors secure a criminal conviction related to the car accident, it may be offered to help establish negligence on the part of the driver in any related civil action. Proving the driver was negligent could result in an award of damages.
Source: abc13.com, "Humble man charged in fatal teen Highway 59 accident", Nov. 9, 2015