Rosharon, TX (February 27, 2023) – A 19-year-old woman was killed in a collision involving a drunk driver in Rosharon on Sunday, February 26.
The deadly crash was reported on State Highway 288 near FM1462 at around 4:30 a.m. Authorities were alerted to the crash after an airbag deployment alerted an OnStar call center. A southbound black Chevrolet pickup truck was heading south when it collided with a white GMC pickup on the shoulder.
It was reported that 19-year-old Jennifer Gonzalez of Clute was a passenger in the black truck. She was transported to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. The driver of the black pickup, 21-year-old Rodrigo Santa Cruz, was also hospitalized.
Cruz was arrested for charges of driving while intoxicated. No other injuries were reported in the crash.
An ongoing investigation into the fatal accident is in progress.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jennifer Gonzalez at this time.
Fatal Drunk Driving Crashes in Texas
The Texas Department of Transportation reports that nationwide, from 2009 to 2018, there were 13,592 fatalities from drunk driving. A total of 1,438 Texas residents lost their lives in 2016 as a result of drunk driving, and 82 of those fatalities involving drunk driving happened over the holiday season. In 2017, there were 13,177 deadly crashes, in which 521 people died, and 1,271 others were injured.
Few things are more upsetting than losing a family member unexpectedly and tragically. But, it can be even more terrible to realize that the tragedy happened as a result of someone else’s carelessness. Even worse, if the deceased loved one was the family’s main source of income, this might cause financial instability. The combined effects of medical costs, funeral and burial costs, and lost wages are catastrophic for surviving family members who are left to pick up the pieces.
The lawyers at Wyatt Law Firm, PLLC, are committed to helping people and families get justice and are aware of the difficulties that may arise after an untimely death. If a loved one dies as a result of negligent driving, our firm has a wide range of remedies accessible to us, and our attorneys can help you when you need it most. One of the numerous ways that our legal team can help you while you construct your claim is by getting a copy of the accident police report. We will put you in touch with a local attorney who will fight for the rights of your family and financial compensation for your losses. To speak with one of our Rosharon wrongful death attorneys and begin your claim for compensation, dial our offices today at 210-340-5550.
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