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1 Dead, 1 Injured in Paris Construction Zone Accident

Hillary Dunkley10 months ago

Suspected drunk driver leaves one construction worker dead and another with serious injuries.

About the Paris Work Zone Accident

Authorities in Paris, Texas are investigating a fatal accident in which construction workers Christian Castro, 21, and Aaron Cirrola, 50, were struck by a suspected drunk driver. Castro died at the scene while Cirrola was rushed to a Tyler hospital for head trauma and a serious injury to his leg.

According to KXII, Geno Allen, 26, was barreled into a construction zone near the 3200-=block of Bonham Street around 10:30 Tuesday morning. Allen’s vehicle struck the two workers before collided with a telephone pole. Castro was carried nearly one block after being hit.

Allen has been detained on felony charges including Intoxication Manslaughter and Intoxication Assault.

Texas Drunk Driving Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,534 people were fatally injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2014 – a 3.7-percent increase over the 3,408 deaths reported in 2013.
  • This averages to one death every 2 hours and 29 minutes.
  • 29-percent of all traffic fatalities reported in Texas in 2014 were attributed to accidents involving a drunk driver, accounting for 1,041 deaths.
  • DUI accidents were most prevalent between the hours of 2:00 am and 2:59 am and more crashes occurred on Saturday than any other day of the week.  

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