Three people were killed in a car crash in Lufkin. A 17-year-old teenage boy was arrested in connection with the crash for allegedly causing the collision due to drinking and driving. The two-car accident occurred at around midnight on a recent Saturday morning.
Events leading up to the accident
According to police, the teenager was driving a car near a café and suddenly changed lanes. Another vehicle then allegedly rear-ended the teenage boy’s car. Police reported that six people were in the boy’s car at the time of the collision.
Three passengers in the teenage boy’s car passed away in the wreck. Meanwhile, two others suffered injuries and were transported to a medical center. Police said the teenage driver was also treated before being taken to jail on intoxication manslaughter charges (three counts). If he is convicted of these charges, he may be sentenced to up to six decades in prison.
An attorney can help
The family members of the three passengers who died in this tragedy may opt to file wrongful death claims against the teenage boy, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages sustained in the crash. Likewise, the two injured passengers might decide to file personal injury claims. Any other registered owner of the vehicle he was operating may be added as a defendant. If the teen is convicted of the criminal charges, proof of the conviction may be presented in a Texas civil court to establish his financial responsibility for the fatal accident. Successfully litigated claims may lead to judgments for monetary damages to cover the deceased passengers’ burial costs, the injured parties’ hospital bills and other documented losses related to the accident.