Multiple car crashes on Houston's Gulf Freeway left two men dead in the early hours of Saturday, November 23. Police believe the driver who struck those two men was intoxicated.
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There was a hit-and-run crash on the Gulf Freeway near the Cullen exit at around 1:45 a.m. on Saturday. The driver of the car that was struck stayed on the highway and was involving in a second crash. A tow truck arrived after this second crash to remove the two vehicles.
As the tow truck driver was working to remove the vehicles, a third car was speeding down the freeway and crashed into the back of the tow truck. The driver of that vehicle, 27-year-old Lupe Longoria then swerved into another lane and crashed into the two drivers of the second accident, who were exchanging informations outside of their vehicles.
One of the two men died at the scene and the other was hospitalized in critical condition, according to the police. The second man would later be pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital. The southbound lanes of the Gulf Freeway near the Cullen exit were closed until around 6 a.m.
Longoria showed signs of intoxication, according to Houston Police. An investigation will be done to determine if he was in fact intoxicated. If so, he could be charged with intoxication manslaughter.
The names of the victims are not publicly available at this time.
As a personal injury and dram shop lawyer, Marc Lenahan has helped many injury victims and families recover the financial compensation they deserve following a drunk driving crash. We've asked Marc to weigh in with some of his thoughts on the legal options available to drunk driving crash victims and their families in Texas:
Drunk driving crashes often have devastating consequences. The victims may suffer debilitating injuries and these crashes are also one of the leading causes of accidental death in the United States. When families are forced to suffer due to another individual's reckless decision to drive drunk, these families should be aware of their legal options and right to financial compensation.
In Texas and all other states, people who have been injured by drunk drivers may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. In fatal crashes, the family of the victim may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver as well.
Additionally, Texas and many other states have dram shop laws. These laws allow victims and families to sue an alcohol vendor who served the drunk driver before the crash, if certain conditions apply.
According to Texas dram shop laws, an alcohol vendor can be held liable for injuries or deaths caused by a customer if:
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed after being hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced dram shop lawyers.