A woman was killed and a man was injured in a suspected drunk driving crash in Houston late Saturday. Police say that the suspected drunk driver also had children in his car at the time of the crash.
Read Below: Attorney Marc Lenahan answers questions such as "Can you sue a drunk driver?"
According to the police, a man and woman were attempting to cross the street on the 100 block of Aldine Bender Road when they were struck by a white Chevy Tahoe traveling at about 50 mph. Court documents have identified the driver of that vehicle as 27-year-old Carlos Aguilar.
The 41-year-old man was hospitalized in stable condition and the 40-year-old woman tragically died at the hospital. Their names have not been publicly released.
Aguilar allegedly left the scene and returned after family members convinced him to do so. Witnesses said that he was drinking before the crash.
Aguilar has been charged with four offenses, including:
Aguilar also had a felony warrant out for a previous DWI charge.
Attorney Marc Lenahan represents victims of drunk driving crashes in civil lawsuits. Marc has offered to share some information on the legal rights of drunk driving injury victims and the families of fatal drunk driving crash victims in Texas:
After a drunk driving crash that results in injuries or deaths, the victims and their families often wonder about their legal options. These crashes can cause devastating personal and financial difficulties for those injured and the families of those killed. These victims and families may have grounds for two different types of lawsuits, depending on the circumstances of the crash.
Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits can be filed against the drunk driver, but the available legal options don't always end here. In some cases, alcohol vendors or social hosts who provided alcohol to the driver before the crash may also be held liable. This second type of lawsuit is called a"dram shop" claim.
In Texas, a dram shop lawsuit may be filed against an alcohol vendor for injuries or deaths filed by a customer if the following circumstances apply:
If you or a loved one were injured or killed after being hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal rights by speaking with one of our experienced drunk driving injury victims lawyers.