Texas Woman With Three Previous DWIs Causes Fatal Accident

A woman with three prior DWI convictions is now facing murder charges after she crashed her car into another vehicle in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday morning. According to the police report, she drove her car across the median and hit a man who had been driving home. He did not survive the crash.

The woman was also injured in the accident. According to the report, her blood alcohol content level was more than 3 times the legal limit of .08 in Texas. Upon further investigation, police at the scene discovered a beer bottle in her vehicle. The blood tests also showed she had drugs in her system.

Because of her previous DWI convictions, any charges she faces now are automatically considered felony convictions. For her, this most recent DWI charge will be considered a felony. Since someone was killed in the course of the accident, she can and is being charged with felony murder, rather than intoxication manslaughter.

This woman is facing charges that can have serious consequences. Being found guilty of a felony DWI alone can result in heavy fines and up to 10 years in prison. Her license will also be suspended and she will likely have to submit to regular breath tests in order to drive. Being found guilty of murder will result in harsher penalties.

The Lubbock police department is concerned for the safety of their community. In the past two years, alcohol or drug-related fatal car accidents have made up almost half of the fatalities that occur on the road. The victim in this accident was a father of two and an employee of Lubbock County.

The woman has been transferred to a neighboring county jail to avoid any conflicts of interest as she awaits her trial.

Source: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal online, "LPD: Driver in fatal crash faces murder charges," 2 November 2010

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