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Woman uses drugs, causes deadly 6-car accident

The holidays are filled with celebrations for Houston families of many backgrounds. The unfortunate side effect of many of these celebrations is that many people choose to get behind the wheel after consuming one too many alcoholic beverages or drugs. Sadly, too many intoxication accidents that are avoidable affect Houston families during the holidays. One woman was recently charged for causing a car accident that could have been caused by too much celebrating.

The 31-year-old woman, from the Houston-area town of Katy, Texas, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter for causing a six-car wreck that left a 42-year-old man dead. The accident occurred earlier this week. Police have said that the woman was under the influence of illegal narcotics at the time of the accident, but would not specify what the drug was.

  - Article By Richard Weaver

According to police, the woman was headed southbound on Texas Route 6 near Piping Rock Lane one afternoon when her vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic. At first he Ford Expedition hit a Ford Escape before striking a Hyundai Santa Fe. The driver of the Santa Fe then lost control of his vehicle, causing him to crash into two other cars.

The man who died was riding in the backseat of the Santa Fe. He was thrown from the vehicle and died later at a local hospital. Another backseat passenger in the Santa Fe was thrown from the vehicle. That passenger was listed in serious condition.

The saddest part of accidents like these is that they are so avoidable. This likely never would have happened had the woman not made the selfish decision to use drugs before getting behind the wheel. More people should remember that.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Woman charged after man killed in 6-car accident," Jan. 3, 2012

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