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Bartender, 3 Others Charged in Crash that Killed Texas Woman and Infant

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

Harris County prosecutors have charged an alleged drunk driver, a bartender, and two others in the drunk driving deaths of a Texas woman and her infant son.

Detail of the Drunk Driving Accident and Resulting Indictments

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.

Texas Drunk Driving Statistics

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

  • 3,773 people were killed in Texas traffic accidents in 2016, marking a 5.45% increase from the 3,578 deaths reported in 2015.
  • 638 of the deaths reported in 2016 were attributed to head-on collision.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 987 traffic deaths, accounting for roughly 26% of all Texas traffic fatalities.
  • An additional 264,076 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2016.
  • Based on reportable data for 2016, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in a traffic accident every 2 hours and 20 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 1 minute and 59 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 57 seconds.

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If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced Corpus Christi car accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve.

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