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Driver faces DWI manslaughter charge due to a previous conviction

The driver in a fatal crash in Texas was charged with vehicular manslaughter after an earlier conviction for DWI was discovered on his record. This was not the man's first auto accident. In 2006 he reportedly caused a wreck that sent four people to the hospital. Police say that between midnight and 1 a.m., the 37-year-old man crashed his Dodge pickup truck into a Chevy Cobalt at a downtown Amarillo area intersection. This reportedly caused injuries to the 61-year-old driver of the smaller vehicle. She was transported to a nearby hospital but soon died from those injuries. A passenger in the pickup was also taken into custody on a charge of public intoxication.

Texas Department of Safety records show that the man had been convicted of DWI in the state in 2011. This earlier conviction increased the charge against him from DWI to vehicular manslaughter. In Texas, vehicular manslaughter is a second-degree felony, which brings a sentence of between 2 and 20 years in prison plus a fine of up to $10,000.

  - Article By Richard Weaver

The driver in this fatality was also accused of being the cause of a 2006 crash that injured four people and knocked out power to over 700 area residents. AGN Media reported that his F-150 pickup truck struck another pickup before hitting a transformer pole, which cut off the electricity. No charges were reported in that car accident.

Motor vehicle accidents can cause catastrophic injuries to the spine and brain. Additionally, property loss can be very difficult to endure. An attorney experienced in car accidents and car crash injury litigation may be able to help arrange compensation for damages such as medical expenses, automobile replacement or repair and other losses commonly suffered in serious auto accidents. Source:, "Penalties for Drunk Driving Vehicular Homicide," 07/29/2013

Source: Amarillo, "Driver in fatal downtown wreck had previous DWI conviction", Amanda Castro-Crist, July 27, 2013

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