A 36-year-old mother and her 3-month-old son were killed in a drunk driving crash that occurred in Clear Lake, Texas on February 28, 2018. They are survived by Bryan Joseph who lost his wife and son in this accident. A 20-year-old woman named Veronica Rivas is now being charged for this incident along with three other people. Rivas is being charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter after slamming her vehicle into another vehicle killing this mother and her infant son.
A friend of Rivas’ family said that Rivas and her 17-year-old passenger were so drunk that they didn’t even remember hitting the other car. Prosecutors said that Rivas had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit after the crash.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission was investigating whether a business sold alcohol to Rivas because employees who conducted the sale could also be charged. As a result of this investigation, three other people were charged for their roles in this incident for giving drinks to Rivas and her passenger at Crescent City Connection Sports & Oyster Bar. Devin Jackson, who is 24-years-old and the son of the bar’s owner, is being charged with knowingly purchasing and providing alcohol to a minor. Amy L. Allen, a 40-year-old bartender, is being charged with acting with criminal negligence for allowing Rivas and her teenage friend to consume alcohol at Crescent City. Additionally, others have said that Rivas allegedly did cocaine the night of the accident. Toxicology reports are being done and will confirm whether or not this is true.
Bryan Joseph filed a $40 million lawsuit over the incident naming Rivas, Crescent City, and Dempsey’s Sports Pub in the suit. The lawsuit alleges that the bars allowed Rivas to leave their premises while drunk.
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