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Texas DWI accident: Underage driver had been drinking?

Most everyone knows the dangers of drinking and driving. It can be bad enough when an adult gets behind the wheel after drinking, but when an underage teenager is involved in a DWI accident, larger questions are asked. Texas law prohibits anyone from serving alcohol to a person under the age of 21.

Authorities in Montgomery County are asking for any information regarding a car accident that involved an underage driver that had apparently been drinking prior to driving. They are also asking for any information regarding a party the teen had been at that night. Anyone with information about the accident or the party is being asked to contact the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office or DPS. Details of the accident are not being released at this time.

However, it is known that there were four people in the car, including the driver. Three of the occupants of the vehicle suffered injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment. The fourth occupant in the vehicle died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. Authorities interviewed the underage driver at the hospital and determined that he and the others had been at a party at someone's house.

Under Texas law, it is possible that the person giving the party could be charged with a crime in connection with this accident. In addition, the family of the passenger that died and the injured passengers in this possible DWI accident have the right to file a civil action against the party or parties responsible for the accident. This could potentially include the person who hosted the party the driver attended.

Source: abc13.com, "Fatal crash blamed on underage drinking," Dec. 23, 2012

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