Autistic Child Killed in DUI Accident
A 12-year-old autistic boy was killed after being struck by a drunk driver on a southwest Houston freeway overpass on Saturday night. According to the Houston Police Department, the boy had been riding his bicycle with his father around 5:30 p.m. when the boy managed to get separated from his parent. The boy’s family immediately reported him missing to police. Unfortunately, tragedy struck before he was found. It was approximately two and a half hours later when the boy was hit by a black pickup truck. Tragically, the boy died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the pickup truck was administered field sobriety tests and was found to be driving while intoxicated (DWI). He was arrested. Even though the driver has been charged with DWI, authorities say he may not be at fault in this incident since the boy had been in a moving lane of traffic. Even though this driver may not be found criminally culpable in the tragic death of this child, he may very likely be facing a civil case brought by the parents for the wrongful death of their child. Because of the unusual circumstances of this case, the jury may have a difficult time deciding such a case. For either side, having an experienced legal professional who knows the law and who has successfully argued personal injury and accident cases in the Texas courts is key. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, give our offices a call. One of our lawyers will be matched to your particular case. When you come to our offices, they will take the time to carefully go over all the facts with you and will begin to set the process in motion. Call today for your free consultation and legal analysis.