Suit Filed After Single Father Killed in Crash Caused By Intoxicated Off-Duty Police Officer

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Houston attorney Randy Sorrels is representing the parents of Brian Manring, father of an eight-year old daughter, who was killed by an off-duty police officer in a drunk driving accident on Friday, August 12, 2016. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Houston Police Officer James Combs, driver of the vehicle who hit Manring, and Show Palace, the strip club where Combs had been drinking prior to the fatal crash.

In the early morning of August 12, James Combs was driving home from Show Palace when he swerved into the oncoming lane, slamming his SUV head-on into Brian Manring’s vehicle. Mr. Manring was pronounced dead at the scene.

Following the crash, Mr. Combs refused to take a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer, but lab results have since confirmed that his blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. Mr. Combs has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

“While the family is extraordinarily distraught and still grieving, they understand drunk driving deaths occur far too frequently in our community. We intend to hold all of those responsible for Brian Manring’s death accountable, and hope this action helps prevent future drunk driving tragedies,” said Sorrels.

Randy Sorrels is a Partner at the Houston personal injury law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner. To learn more about Mr. Sorrels and the legal team at Abraham Watkins, call 713-396-3964 or visit

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