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Drunk Driver Charged after Atascocita Accident

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

Police have charged 23-year-old Craig Welch with intoxication manslaughter following a fatal accident at an intersection in Atascocita, Texas early Sunday morning.

About the Fatal Atascocita Car Crash

According to the Houston Chronicle, Welch was traveling westbound along Farm Road 1960 when he ran a red light and struck a Chevrolet Corvette at the West Lake Houston Parkway Intersection.

The Corvette’s driver, Omar Jaramillo, was killed in the collision and the driver’s mother, Irene Jaramillo, was injured. Ms. Jaramillo was rushed to an area hospital where she was treated for survivable injuries.

According to witnesses, the Corvette was travelling southbound along West Lake Houston Parkway, and had stopped for an earlier red light. Upon receiving a green signal, the vehicle proceeded into the intersection where it was hit by Welch’s Trailblazer.

Police determined that Welch was intoxicated at the scene and place him under arrest. Harris County court records indicate he is in jail on a $30,000 bond.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

  • According to data gathered by the Texas Department of Transportation, a total of 3,399 deaths resulted from accidents along Texas roadways – this marked a 10.82 percent increase from 2011.
  • Of those killed in 2012 accidents, 838 people lost their lives in crashes that occurred at intersections or that were related to an intersection.
  • Alcohol was a factor in 32.3 percent of Texas traffic fatalities claiming the lives of 1,099 people.
  • An additional 230,506 people were injured in Texas traffic accidents in 2012 with 63,610 people suffering serious injury.


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