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Corpus Christi Man Arrested for Intoxication Manslaughter

Corpus Christi authorities have arrested a man responsible for a fatal wrong-way collision on South Padre Island Drive earlier this month.

Details of the Fatal Accident

According to KRIS-TV, 32-year-old Julian Andrew Padron has been arrested for intoxication manslaughter in connection with a crash that claimed the life of 68-year-old Jim Koch.

Police reports indicate Padron was traveling east in the westbound lanes of South Padre Island Drive when collided with Koch’s vehicle near Bear Lane. Koch was pronounced dead at the scene.

Padron was taken to the hospital for treatment following the accident. He was arrested on Friday following his release.

Authorities are still awaiting toxicology results for Padron.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

  • The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), recorded 3,377 traffic fatalities in 2013 – marking a 1.05-percent decrease from the 3,413 deaths recorded in 2012.
  • Head-on collisions were responsible for 523 deaths in 2013.
  • 1,089 people were killed in accidents involving a driver that was under the influence of alcohol.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents in 2013.

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