Drunk driving continues to wreak havoc in Dallas during holiday weekends, and St. Patrick’s Day was no exception. The first fatal accident occurred Sunday morning around 12:30 am on North Central Expressway near Woodall Rogers. Details have been scarce about this accident. However, it is clear that at least one of the drivers was under the influence of alcohol and will be charged with intoxication assault. Personal details about the deceased are unknown.
The second accident was a wrong-way collision on I-20 at 6 am on Sunday. The driver, Juan Ramon Hernandez, had a blood level alcohol that was three times the legal limit and will face intoxication charges including manslaughter. WFAA reported that the driver was not even able to identify the passenger in his vehicle who was killed in the accident.
These alcohol-related deaths come on the heels of a fatal drunk driving accident that occurred before the holiday weekend even started. The hit-and-run death of a bicyclist last Thursday finally ended in the arrest of the driver Pedro Mendoza who will also face charges of intoxication manslaughter. Mendoza allegedly struck down substitute teacher Stephen Miles while he was riding his bike Thursday evening, and then fled the scene.
Remember that when you drink and drive, you risk the lives of all those around you.