Intoxicated Driver Initially Fled Scene of the Fatal Crash
According to the Dallas Morning News, Jordan Landaverde is believed to have been intoxicated when his truck fatally struck a woman on I-35 in Carrollton.
Police say Lindsay Weems, 24, was struck and killed while standing outside her vehicle following a previous wreck on northbound I-35 at the Sandy Lake Road exit. Two other people who had stopped to help Weems were uninjured.
Landaverde fled the scene of the crash on foot along with a 19-year-old woman who was in his truck; however, police were quick to locate the two and placed both under arrest. Landaverde was charged with intoxication manslaughter, and his passenger was charged with public intoxication.
Texas Traffic Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
- 3,531 people were killed in traffic accidents in Texas in 2015. This averages to about one death every 2 hours and 29 minutes.
- Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 960 deaths. This reflects 27 percent of all recorded motor vehicle fatalities.
- An additional 246,335 people were injured in car crashes in Texas in 2015.
- TxDOT estimates that a reportable crash occurred in Texas every 61 seconds in 2015.