A 25-year-old man was charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter after a deadly crash in Williamson County. Following the accident, the accused man reportedly told Texas Department of Public Safety troopers that he had not eaten for a long time before consuming three beers at a nightclub. The man said that he had been on his way home to Taylor after spending time at Club Carnival in Austin and a friend’s house.
The felony DWI charges were a result of an accident that took place on Dec. 31 while the man was traveling northbound along FM 973. At around 6:15 a.m., the man reportedly crossed the center line in his 2004 Ford Explorer and collided with a southbound traveling Toyota Prius. A 25-year-old man in the backseat of the Ford and the 64-year-old driver of the Toyota were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Following the collision, the accused driver allegedly changed a part of his story when speaking with a trooper. Initially, he told the trooper that all of the men in his truck had been asleep after leaving a friend’s house. He then told the trooper that all of the occupants in his vehicle, except for him, had been drinking Bud Light. The accused man was taken to Williamson County Jail and held on $100,000 bail.
Although the man may have been responsible for causing the two-car accident, it’s possible that he was not legally intoxicated when it occurred. Pending the results of a toxicology report, the man may be able to have his charges reduced. During his trial, an attorney may be able to help the man argue that exhaustion, rather than impairment, was the main factor in the collision.
Source: Statesman , “Man charged with intoxication manslaughter in crash near Taylor that killed two people“, Claire Osborn, January 03, 2014