Woman Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter on Katy Freeway
One woman is dead and another woman has been arrested and charged for causing the wrong way crash on the Katy Freeway early Tuesday. According to the Houston Police Department report, Brittini Kressin, age 26, was driving a silver Chevrolet Cavalier. She entered the eastbound exit ramp of the Katy Freeway to North Durham going the wrong way around midnight. Kressin struck a blue Toyota Corolla in its rear side, then continued driving until she struck a motorcycle rider. The victim in the Corolla, a 20-year-old woman who had been riding in the back seat, was taken to Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. The victim’s identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences and notification of family. The motorcyclist who was involved in the accident was sent to the hospital to with a broken leg, police said. Kressin was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital for minor injuries. She was taken into custody and then to jail after exhibiting signs of being intoxicated. Kressin has been charged with intoxication manslaughter. It is unfortunate that driving while intoxicated is on the rise on today’s roadways. It is a sad truth that drinking and driving can lead to tragedies such as this. No one imagines that they will ever be the one who will be involved in an automobile accident that ends in death. While tragedies on the road can happen at any time, avoiding drinking and driving is one of the best ways to help insure that such a tragedy doesn’t happen to you. It is one of the surest ways where choice plays a definite factor in prevention of an accident. The National Transportation Safety Board in May of 2013 made a recommendation that states lower the threshold for driving while intoxicated to a blood-alcohol content of .05. In the State of Texas, as with many other states in the country, the current legal blood alcohol level that anyone can have to operate a vehicle is .08. The legal limit for truck drivers and all other holders of commercial licenses, however, has already been lowered to that of .04. When a person dies as a result of the actions of a DUI driver, the charge is elevated to that of intoxication manslaughter. This is an even more serious crime than intoxication assault and it is a second-degree felony. Intoxication manslaughter is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and a prison sentence of between 2 and 20 years. A driver convinced of intoxication manslaughter may also face 240 to 800 hours of community service, according to the judge’s recommendation. Navigating through any accident case on your own can be confusing and time consuming. This is true to DUI cases in particular. If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious car accident, give our offices a call. If you are the victim of an accident involving a drunk driver, we can help. Facing medical expenses, the cost of long term care, the loss of income, funeral costs can add up in no time. You may be entitled to recouping these costs as well as pain and suffering and damages for wrongful death after the accident. We have years of dedicated experience and service in personal injury and accident lawsuits. When you contact us, one of our attorneys will discuss your case with you. We can provide you with the resources and attention to detail that can make certain that you are properly compensated for any damages, losses or death and to also insure that justice is served. Your initial consultation is confidential and is without cost or obligation. Call us. We can help.