According to the Houston Chronicle, Veronica Rivas, 20, of Bacliff, was indicted by a grand jury earlier this week on two counts of intoxication manslaughter.
Prosecutors say Rivas was intoxicated when her car slammed into a Toyota Scion on the Gulf Freeway feeder road, killing 36-year-old Shayla Joseph and her son, Braylan. Investigators concluded Rivas was driving about 90 miles an hour when the crash occurred.
During their investigation of the accident, police determined that Rivas and a 17-year-old friend were served several tequila margaritas at Crescent City Connection Sports & Oyster Bar near Clear Lake before the crash, despite being underage.
40-year-old bartender Amy Allen, has been charged with criminal negligence for failing to check identifications and allowing Rivas and her friend to drink at the bar. The son of the bar’s owner, Devin Jackson, 24, and John C. Medina, 23, have been charged with knowingly purchasing and providing alcohol to a minor. Medina is also charged with aggravated perjury and is accused of lying to a grand jury.
The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
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