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Man Charged Guilty for DUI Crash Which Kills Mother and 4 Children

According to Statesman Journal reports, a man killed a mother and four children while driving under the influence of alcohol in the north of Salem.

Details of the Fatal DUI Crash

After a review of the facts, the court per Judge Sean Armstrong found Garcia guilty of five counts of first-degree manslaughter, namely: criminal driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, first-degree murder, and DUI.

Reportedly, Favian Garcia of Gervais, the charged driver, was driving an SUV when he collided with another driver, Lizette Merano-Perez, 25 (who had four children in the vehicle) nearly head-on.

The crash killed Lizette and the four children. As identified by the police, the names and ages of these children are Ricardo Medrano-Contreras (8-year-old), Andrus Medrano-Conteras (6-year-old), Dayanara Medrano-Perez (4-year-old), and Angelina Vazquez-Crisp (2-year-old).

Based on court records, the blood alcohol level of Garcia was roughly four times the legal limit.

Statistics of Drug-driving Induced Accidents

According to the survey conducted by 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2017, averagely, 21.4 million people aged 16 or older drove under the influence of alcohol in the past year. Also, 12.8 million drove under the influence of illicit drugs.

Additionally, the survey depicted that a more significant number of adults aged 21 to 25 drive after taking drugs or drinking than do young adults between the ages 16-20 or adults 26 or older.

Estimating the number of drug-induced accidents is a little bit complex. Nevertheless, specific reports depict that almost 44% of drivers in fatal car crashes tested positive for the drug.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy after preparing a survey about fatal accidents which had drivers tested, reports the following statistics:

  • 18 % of the fatally injured drivers tested drug positive.
  • 57 % of all drug-positive driver crashes were single-vehicle accidents.
  • 48 % of drivers who confirmed positive for drugs also tested the same for alcohol
  • Narcotics and cannabinoids (two compounds found in marijuana) accounted for almost the majority of all drug-positive results.
  • 43% of all casualties under the age of 24 who tested positive for drugs had Cannabinoids in their body system

Common Drug-Driving Induced Accidents Injuries

Some of the accidents that victims of drug-induced auto crashes can experience include:

  • Head and brain injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Soft tissue such as muscles, tendons, injuries
  • Broken bones

Contact an Experienced Drunk Driving Attorney

While your insurance company may be more than willing to help you after your automobile accident, you should remember that although insurance companies will provide some type of financial support, they may not always give you what you deserve. There are many times when a drunk driver has no insurance and you, the victim, are left without a way to pay for your injuries. Even if the negligent driver does have insurance, you may not get enough money to pay for your medical treatment and other expenses.

Our experienced team of injury attorneys will make sure you get the compensation you deserve for the injuries you incurred. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free case review. Contact Thomas J. Henry today if you were injured by a drunk driver. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.


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