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1 Dead 5 Injured in Fatal New Year’s Accident

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

Less than two hours into the new year, Corpus Christi experienced its first fatal auto accident of 2014.

About the Fatal Corpus Christi Auto Accident

  • Corpus Christi police and emergency crews responded to their first fatal auto accident of 2014 around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday after an SUV flipped on the Crosstown Expressway near Gollihar.
  • According KRIS-TV, the vehicle's driver, 46-year-old Linda Morin, was killed in the early morning accident and the five other occupants suffered serious injuries.
  • Morin’s boyfriend, Guadalupe Lopez, 69, was trapped in the vehicle while his two sons and two grandchildren, ages 8 and 12, were thrown from the vehicle.
  • Morin’s daughter told reporters that her mother was not drinking on New Year’s Eve, but police investigating the accident do believe alcohol was a factor.
  • As authorities investigated the scene, another driver traveling through the area collided with a police cruiser – the driver was arrested on a DWI charge.

Texas Drunk Driving Statistics

  • Texas experienced an increase in the number of fatal drunk driving accidents for 2012 with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recording 1,296 alcohol-related traffic fatalities, up from 1,216 recorded in 2011 – the first increase in six years.
  • Preliminary data for Bexar County suggests that the number of drunk driving fatalities in the county have tripled in 2013.
  • It is estimated that 40 percent of all traffic fatalities recorded in Texas involve alcohol-impaired drivers. 70 percent of the fatalities involved drivers with a BAC above .15 percent.
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