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Corpus Christi Man Killed in Wrong Way Collision

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

According to KRIS-TV, Jim Koch, 68, was killed Thursday when his vehicle was struck head-on by a wrong way driver.

Authorities Believe Alcohol was a Factor

Reports indicate the wrong way driver, Julian Padron, may have been drinking prior to the fatal accident.

Padron’s co-workers stated that he had attended a Christmas party at the bar he worked at in downtown Corpus Christi earlier that evening.

Police state that after leaving the party, Padron began driving east on westbound Highway 358 before colliding with Koch’s Ford Fiesta near Bear Lane.

Police are investigating the incident as intoxication manslaughter.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,377 traffic-related deaths were recorded in Texas in 2013.
  • 1,089 of those deaths were attributed to accidents in which a driver was determined to be under the influence of alcohol, and 523 people were killed in head-on collisions.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents with 89,270 people suffering serious injuries.
  • TxDOT estimates that one person was killed in an auto accident in Texas every 2 hours and 36 minutes in 2013.

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