According to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, a jury has been selected in for the trial of John Andrew Alvarado. Alvarado faces charges of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault.
Alvarado was arrested following a crash on December 22, 2017 which claimed the life of Brenda Rodriguez. Alvarado struck Rodriguez’s vehicle in the 3700 block of Saratoga Boulevard at a speed of 120 mph, sending her vehicle into oncoming traffic where it was struck by a third vehicle head-on. Police say Alvarado was intoxicated when the crash occurred.
Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and her two children were transported to Driscoll Children’s Hospital in critical condition.
An investigation revealed that Rodriguez had signs of alcohol and cocaine in her system, but had been driving normally at the time of the crash.
Alvarado has separate charges pending concerning felony drug possession, money laundering, and child endangerment.
In Corpus Christi in 2017, the Texas Department of Transportation recorded:
Driving after drinking kills 30 people in crashes every day and over 10,000 people every year in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Further statistics, taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show how drunk driving affected people in the United States in 2016. According to their reports,
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