AUGUST 2015 – Michelle Orduna celebrated her 23rd birthday on August 19, but the joyous occasion turned to tragedy around 2:30 a.m., when she drove the wrong way up the southbound Mano Road exit ramp on I-35 near Airport Boulevard. Her blood alcohol count was 0.17, which is more than twice the legal limit. Her passenger, Megan Mendez of New Braunfels, 23, died at University Medical Center at Brackenridge following the accident.
Clayton Matthew Keller of San Antonio, 26, was driving the Toyota Scion that Ms. Orduna’s white Toyota Camry hit head-on. Mr. Keller passed away at the scene of the accident. He was a staff member and crew chief for SXSW. Ms. Orduna was booked and charged by proxy with two second degree felonies for intoxication manslaughter, as she was still hospitalized with critical injuries following the crash. Bail was set at $200,000.
Drunk drivers endanger the lives of everyone around them. An innocent driver who was trying to make his way home to San Antonio was in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to MADD, DUI accidents cost the US $199 billion each year, and 28 people die daily in a drunken driving crash. 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 your legal rights.
Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. 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 a DUI accident, 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 that DUI 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 who represents victims and families involved in automobile accidents. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, and the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. He also participates in many prominent legal organizations, including The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Board of Directors for Public Justice. Texas Monthly Magazine profiled him as a Super Lawyer for the past six years. Mr. Nachawati can be reached through his website at cases.fnlawfirm.com/auto_injury at +1.888.630.4412 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.