Intoxication Manslaughter Charge in Holiday Accident
The celebrations of the holiday can quickly turn tragic when dealing with the aftermath of an auto accident. Unfortunately, this is what happened early last Sunday morning in a Houston when a man was killed. According to a story that was featured on the Chron.com website, the man lost his life when a speeding driver ran a red light near downtown. The accident left two other people in the hospital.
Alex Loomis, 29, is currently facing the charge of intoxication manslaughter charge. At approximately 2:40 a.m., Loomis was allegedly headed North on Houston when he drove his vehicle through a red light and struck the vehicle of a 29-year-old man driving westbound in a gold Ford Fusion.
Loomis’s Nissan slammed into the driver’s side of the Fusion, the force of impact causing significant damage to both vehicles and strewing debris throughout the area. Emergency crews were able to extricate the driver of the Fusion from the wreckage and he was rushed to an area hospital. He later died as the result of injuries he sustained in the crash. His name has not yet been released pending notification of family.
Houston police Sgt. Robert Klementich said in the area where the fatal crash occurred, the speed limit is 35mph. Police investigators, however, estimate that Loomis appeared to have been traveling closer to 70 mph at the time of impact.
Loomis and a passenger in their early 20’s were both transported to Ben Taub Hospital and are listed in stable condition. Sgt. Klementrich said that the passenger informed police that both he and Loomis had been drinking prior to the accident.
Police investigators are also reviewing footage retrieved from a traffic camera located at the intersection of the accident.
Nothing can dampen holiday cheer faster than having to face the serious injury or death of a loved one due to the irresponsible behavior of another. The charge of intoxication manslaughter is a very serious crime and it is a second-degree felony that not only includes loss of license; it also can mean a fine of up to $10,000 and a prison sentence that is between 2 and 20 years. When added to the devastation to the family who lost a loved one, the price is immeasurable.
If you or someone you love has been injured or if someone has tragically lost their lives due to the actions of a drunken driver, having an experienced attorney on your side in the Houston area is important. While nothing can ever make up for such an incident, our team of attorneys will diligently work to ensure that justice is served and that you and your loved ones are given compensation. Such compensation can be used to cover any hospital bills, medical expenses, on-going or long-term care costs, as well as for your pain and suffering.
Contact our offices today to speak with one of our attorneys. We will set up a free, consultation and legal analysis to go over the details of your case. One of our experienced lawyers will then outline the best approach and all possible courses of action for you. After the accident, we would also be happy to act as your representative between you and the insurance companies and any others who are involved in your accident case. Call us today. Your initial consultation is absolutely free and there is no obligation.