Free Consultation Toll Free: 888-470-6967 Cell: 713-205-2242 Houston: 713-664-3600 Dallas: 214-449-1922 San Antonio: 210-764-5235
Menu Contact

2 construction workers killed by alleged drunk driver in Texas

Around 2:30 a.m. on May 11, construction crews were building a new bridge in El Paso near the University of Texas at El Paso campus on Interstate 10 East when a motorist collided with the crew and fatal injured two workers. The new bridge is intended to be used for connecting Paisano and Schuster Drives with UTEP.

The section of the Interstate at Schuster Drive was closed down for the construction project. An 18-year-old man allegedly decided to disregard the traffic barricades, driving his car through the construction zone and striking two workers, according to police. A 39-year-old construction worker was pronounced dead at the scene, and a second worker, age 54, passed away during treatment at the hospital.

The driver of the vehicle was later identified by officials at Fort Bliss as one of the soldiers with the 1st Armored Division of the U.S. Army. He was taken into custody and charged with intoxication manslaughter. As of May 12, he was being held on $200,000 bond at the County Detention Facility in El Paso.

Work on the bridge project has been postponed due to the crash, according to The Texas Department of Transportation. The section of the Interstate where the accident occurred was reopened Sunday evening.

Losing a loved one to a workplace accident can be devastating to a family. A construction accident, such as this one, could bring up the question of who is at fault. Although the driver disobeyed the signs and was allegedly intoxicated, it is an employer's responsibility to keep their workers safe. A worker's compensation attorney could help the family of the deceased to understand their rights and file a claim seeking financial compensation for medical bills, final expenses and loss of income.

Source: San Antonio Express-News, "2 highway workers killed in El Paso accident," May 12, 2014

Source: El Paso Times, "Second construction worker dies in wreck near UTEP", David Burge, May 11, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Email The Firm?

Bold labels are required.

Please note that First AND/OR Last Name, and Email AND/OR Phone are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close
FindLaw Network