The Department of Transportation has released statistics about driving while intoxicated. In the Houston area, there was an increase from the year 2016 to 2017 in wrecks involving motorists suspected of driving while intoxicated. Thankfully, there was a decline in Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, and Montgomery counties. Nevertheless, the data remain alarming.
A police officer for the City of Houston has been charged with driving while intoxicated with her young daughter in the car at the time. Cassandra Crosby, who is 36 years old, joined the Houston Police Department in 2008. Crosby, now out on bail, appeared in court on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Once again, a crash on the freeway has led to a death. And, once again, alcohol appears to have played a part.
Nearly every major holiday is heralded by a slew of news articles warning about the increased dangers on the roadways during the upcoming festivities, and Labor Day is no different. Texas Department of Transportation statistics showed Labor Day weekend ranked fourth among major 2017 holiday weekends in number of deadly crashes and number of fatalities from car accidents (Thanksgiving weekend ranked third, but it also counts data for a longer weekend). These spikes are mostly attributed to increased alcohol consumption, and staying off the road is the most reliable way to avoid drunk drivers. But while you're planning a safe holiday, spend a few extra minutes tackling a vehicle safety issue that could affect you any time of the year: mechanical failures.
On January 14, 2017, a drunk driver caused a deadly five-vehicle crash after driving a Dodge Durango in the wrong direction on the Southwest Freeway in Houston, Texas.
In Houston on Monday, July 9, a man driving an SUV on Fuqua crossed the median and crashed into a vehicle driven by an eight-months-pregnant woman. The man drove off after the crash. After being rushed to the hospital and undergoing an emergency C-section, her baby tragically died.
Alcohol may have contributed to a crash early Sunday morning that killed a woman. The wreck occurred on July 8, 2018, just before 2:00 o'clock a.m. It happened in the northbound lanes of the West Belt at Bellaire.
The woman involved in driving the wrong way on a freeway has been charged with intoxication assault for the resulting collision.
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.
On February 28, 2018, Veronica Rivas allegedly rear-ended a car driven by Shayla Joseph. Ms. Joseph's 9-month-old daughter was also in the car, and both she and her daughter were killed. Ms. Rivas was said to have been traveling at a high speed when the crash occurred on the southbound service road of the Gulf Freeway near El Dorado.