Amarillo Man Arrested for Intoxicated Manslaughter

Glass of dark liquor on a table next to a car key.

A 19-year-old was arrested in Amarillo early Wednesday morning following a fatal crash along Interstate 40. He has been charged with intoxicated manslaughter.

About the Fatal Amarillo Crash

According to KFDA, the fatal crash occurred on Interstate 40 near Pullman Road around 3:30 am. Police say a van was traveling east in the middle lane of the interstate when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck traveling at a higher rate of speed.

The impact from the collision caused the van to lose control, drive of the roadway, and overturn. The pickup collided with a guardrail before going down the embankment.

Two of the 12 family members traveling in the van were pronounced dead at the scene. They have been identified as a 50-year-old man and an 11-year-old girl. Four other passengers have life threatening injuries.

The driver of the pickup, Adam Christian Banbury, 19, was booked on two counts of intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle and two counts of intoxicated assault with a vehicle. The first two charges each carry a two to 20 year prison sentence while the latter two can carry a two to 10 year prison sentence.

Texas Automobile Accident Statistics

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

  • 3,773 people were killed in traffic crashes in Texas in 2016. This marks a 5.45-percent increase from the 3,578 deaths recorded in 2015.
  • Alcohol was considered a factor in 987 of the traffic-fatalities recorded in 2016.
  • An additional 265,076 people were injured in car crashes in 2016 with 17,582 people sustaining incapacitating injuries.
  • A reportable crash is estimated to have occurred in Texas every 57 seconds in 2016.

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a personal injury law firm with offices in Corpus Christi, Texas, San Antonio, Texas and Houston, Texas representing accident victims nationwide.

Our attorneys are available to respond to auto accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition, or acquiring, of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact our offices- we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.


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