Houston Truck Driver Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter
A truck driver has been charged with intoxication manslaughter following a four-vehicle trucking accident that left a woman dead.
Intoxicated Truck Driver’s Bond Set at $100,000
ABC 13 reports that one of the truck drivers involved in a fatal four-vehicle crash in Houston earlier this week is charged with intoxication manslaughter.
The crash occurred on I-10 East Freeway near McCarty around 11:35 am Monday. It resulted in the death of Miriam Buentello.
Police say Buentello was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe that hit a Kenworth tractor-trailer while changing lanes. A Peterbilt tractor-trailer driven by 31-year-old Pablo Isai Frias then slammed into the back of Buentello’s Tahoe.
Buentello was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police were able to determine that Frias was intoxicated at the time of the crash. He was arrested and charged with intoxicated manslaughter. A judge has set Frias’ bond at $100,000.
Texas DWI Laws Stricter for Truck Drivers
Texas law requires stricter BAC limits for truck drivers than non-commercial motorists. In Texas, the driver of a regular passenger vehicle may have a BAC up to .08. For truck drivers, that limit is .04.
This means that if a truck driver is found to have a BAC of .04 or more, they are considered legally intoxicated under Texas law.
It is important to remember that it is possible to be arrested on alcohol-related driving charges even if your BAC is below the limit. Truck drivers and other motorists alike can be charged with alcohol-related driving charges if they are determined as “not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol.”
Injured in a Truck Accident? Call Thomas J. Henry Law
If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident and suspected the driver may have been under the influence, call Thomas J. Henry Law immediately.
Time is of the essence in DWI and DUI crashes. The more evidence you are able to gather, the better off your case will be. Acting sooner rather than later means more evidence will be available. Thomas J. Henry Law can take immediate legal action to help preserve evidence related to your case as well as any documents that may apply to your claim.
Do not wait and risk your claim to compensation. Speak with a Houston truck accident attorney today.