AUSTIN, TX (02/14/2016) — A fatal drunk driving accident on Sunday claimed the life of Lori Pollock.
Austin police identified Lori Pollock as the victim of a fatal car accident that occurred in the 6700 block of Cooper Lane in Austin, Texas.
In an affidavit, authorities reported that 27-year-old Zachary Scott Dugger was traveling northbound in a 2003 Land Rover at a high rate of speed when he reported that he saw a dog in the roadway. In an attempt to avoid hitting the animal, Dugger says he locked his brakes and swerved, causing the vehicle to rollover.
Dugger’s passenger, Lori Pollock, was pinned inside the Land Rover. She died from her injuries at the scene.
Police stated that Dugger was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
At the hospital, officials administered field sobriety test after detecting that Dugger had a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech, and bloodshot eyes.
Dugger was found to be intoxicated and has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Texas ranks among the worst states with regard to drinking and driving. In fact, a study by the CDC found that for every 1,000 adults who drink in Texas, an estimated 703 have gotten behind the wheel after having too much to drink in the last 30 days!
We would like to remind everyone out there that driving while under the influence doesn’t only affect you. Even if you’re willing to risk your own safety by driving while intoxicated, please understand that you have a legal and moral duty to your passengers and other motorists alike.