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Texas driver arrested for role in fatal road rage car accident

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A 21-year-old driver has been arrested after allegedly killing two people in Texas during a road-rage incident. That driver was reportedly outraged at a 20-year-old motorist; both were speeding through traffic on Farm-to-Market Road 544. The car accident occurred when the victim took evasive action to avoid striking the defendant. That defendant is accused of criminally negligent homicide and accident involving an injury. All charges are considered felonies, and the defendant is currently being held on a $90,000 bond.

Authorities report that the collision occurred at about 5:15 p.m. on May 9, as the two drivers were driving recklessly because of the road rage encounter. The victim tried to avoid hitting the defendant as their cars neared each other. The victim then lost control of his vehicle, crashing at an intersection. That driver and another 20-year-old died in the collision. Another 20-year-old victim remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. None of the occupants of the victim's vehicle was wearing seat belts, so they were all ejected from the car.

Investigators have not revealed exactly how road rage played into the incident. Those investigators say they believe that speed was a factor.

Family members and friends of the two decedents returned to the crash site shortly after the driver's funeral. Many said they were comforted by the fact that the at-fault driver had been apprehended, though the mother of the deceased driver said she did not feel satisfaction that the man was arrested. She said she felt sorry for the mother of the at-fault driver because her son had also been taken away. Even if the mother of the victim has forgiven the other driver in principle, she can still seek financial compensation for a variety of civil complaints in connection with the fatal car accident.

Source: NBCDFW.com, "Arrest Made in Double-Fatality, Road Rage Crash" Frank Heinz, May. 21, 2014

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