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Man faces 10 years in prison due to drunk driving collision

Drunk driving is a danger to everyone on the roads, which is why it's taken so seriously. When drivers get behind the wheel while intoxicated, they're putting others at risk of injury and death.

That is what happened in this case when a man was speeding while intoxicated. The man now faces 10 years in prison as a result of a drunk driving crash that caused the death of a local police officer's son. News out of Houston reports that the man was convicted for failing to stop and render aid after the deadly crash as well as for intoxicated manslaughter.

The collision took place in February 2016 on Interstate 10. The man, who was reportedly speeding at the time, hit another vehicle. That vehicle then flipped.

It's bad enough when an accident like this happens, but it's worse when the person involved barely stops to help those who were injured. Witnesses at the scene reported that the man did stop to check on the driver of the other vehicle. That driver, a 30-year-old man, had been ejected from the car and later died from his injuries. Witnesses reported to the police that the person who caused the accident did not stay at the scene after checking on the man. Instead, he attempted to flee after causing the fatal crash. He was later found to be intoxicated.

Incidents like this are preventable, which is why they're so sad. It's important for victims of incidents like this to have the ability to pursue a claim; any drunk driver should be held accountable for his or her actions.

Source: KENS5, "Houston man sentenced in drunk driving crash that killed officer's son," Aug. 13, 2017

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