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Man Charged in DUI Driving Death of Texas Teenager

Edy Lopez-Hernandez, 27, has been charged with murder, intoxication assault, and failure to render aid following a fatal accident that claimed the life of 17-year-old Britney Baez.

Details of the Fatal DUI Accident

According to the New York Post, Baez and her family were on their way to a movie when their vehicle was struck by a car driven by Lopez-Hernandez. Lopez-Hernandez attempted to flee the scene of the crash with his 2-year-old son in the car.

A witness stopped Lopez-Hernandez and told him to return to the scene. Lopez-Hernandez was detained and transported to the hospital where it was determined he was “under the influence of narcotics.” Further investigation revealed that Lopez-Hernandez was traveling as fast as 70 mph when he rear-ended car Baez was traveling in.

Baez’s sister suffered injuries and her father was transported to the an intensive care unit with crticall injuries.

Texas Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 438,000 trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2014.
  • These accidents resulted in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.

Contact an Experienced Commercial Trucking Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury after being involved in an 18-wheeler accident, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced commercial trucking injury attorneys are available to respond to semi-truck accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. We will take immediate action on your case.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact us today for a free legal consultation. Attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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