2nd DUI Ends In Fatal Crash
Driving under the influence of alcohol anywhere is a bad idea at any time. In the state of Texas, the first DWI, an offender is facing up to $2,000 in fines, from 6 –180 days in jail and may lose their license for up to one full year. For a second offense, an offender is facing a Class A misdemeanor with up. $4,000 in fines, jail time from 30 days up to an entire year, and lose their license for two years. If there are serious injuries or fatalities involved, the penalties can be even more serious.
That may be what one Houston man will be facing for his role in a fatal crash that happened on Sunday. According to an article which appeared on the Chron.com website, Hugo Flores, 29, was arrested and charged with what would be his second DWI. Public records indicate that Flores had a previous sentence of 20 days in jail after having pleaded guilty of DWI in May 2015.
In Sunday’s crash, Houston Police Department investigators say that Flores was involved in another crash which happened at approximately 2:00 a.m. at 601 West Mount Houston Road. Police say that Flores was driving eastbound on West Mount Houston in his white Dodge Challenger when his vehicle struck a black Ford Mustang that was exiting a private parking lot onto West Mount Houston.
Though Flores did have the right of way and the driver of the black mustang failed to yield, police investigators believe that Flores had been traveling at a high rate of speed and hit the Mustang. The force of impact caused the Mustang to flip and eject the driver from his vehicle.
Emergency crews transported the driver of the Mustang to an area hospital for treatment. He later died as a direct result of the injuries he suffered in the crash. His identity has not yet been released.
Flores was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators determined that he was driving under the influence at the time of the fatal crash and he was placed under arrest.