Picture above: The Draper family 

On Thursday, April 23r, a deadly car crash involving a drunk driver left two dead. Around 9pm, 37-year-old Crystal Draper was driving with her children on U.S. Highway 183 in Williamson County near Saratoga Springs Drive. She attempted to turn left onto Saratoga Springs Drive when the drunk driver in question plowed into her Nissan. That drunk driver was identified as John Alvarado, and had been driving with an invalid license that night.

Unfortunately, two of Draper’s children, 10-year-old Kirstin Draper and 15-year-old Koby Draper, were killed in the crash. She herself is in critical condition at Seton Medical Center Williamson. Two of her other children were taken to a nearby hospital and treated. Alvarado was already treated and then released to the Williamson County Jail where he was charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter. This is not the first time that Alvarado has been charged with an alcohol-related offense. In 2008 and 2009, he was picked up for driving drunk. A magistrate judge has been set at $1 million. 

Pictured below: The location of Wednesday’s accident

 

Legal Commentary
Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of an innocent driver who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. In 2013, 579 people died in DWI related crashes in Texas alone. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.

Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer’s Profile.