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Texas Deputy Injured in Drunk Driving Accident Dies

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

The Houston Chronicle reports that a Harris County Precinct 1 deputy constable who was seriously injured in a drunk driving accident earlier this year has passed away.

Driver Could Face Intoxication Manslaughter Charge

On January 23, 52-year-old Jeffrey Wooten sustained critical injuries when his vehicle was struck by a drunk driver, 26-year-old Joseph lee Fiedor.

On the night of the accident, Wooten, feeling ill, pulled over onto the shoulder of a highway on his home from work. Fiedor slammed into Wooten’s stopped vehicle.

The incident left Wooten quadriplegic. Wooden had been living at a nursing home in Katy, Texas following the accident until he was rushed to Memorial Hermann in Houston for emergency surgery about two weeks ago.Wooten contracted a severe infection and died Wednesday morning.

Fiedor had entered a plea deal in August and was sentenced to 20 years in prison for intoxication manslaughter. Constable Alan Rosen is now requesting that the district attorney’s office upgrade Fiedor’s charge to intoxication manslaughter as Rosen believes the fatal infection was likely a result of the January accident.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

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

  • In 2013, TxDOT recorded 3,377 traffic-related fatalities. This marked a 1.05-percent decrease from the 3,413 deaths recorded in 2012.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents with 89,270 people sustaining serious injuries.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 1,089 of the traffic fatalities recorded in 2013, 32.2 percent of the total number of deaths recorded.
  • Based on available crash data for 2013:
    • TxDOT estimates that one person was killed in an auto accident every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
    • A person was injured every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds. 


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