Witnesses to the accident as well as initial evidence have led the Texas Department of Public Safety to believe that both driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal street racing were factors in a seven-vehicle chain reaction crash that took place in Dallas on Tuesday, August 21, 2012.
The fatal drunk driving accident occurred on I-35E when police believe that two cars began to race on the interstate. Their race caused a third car to hit a guardrail and then one of the two racing vehicles. That vehicle slammed into the back of an 18-wheeler. Seconds later, four other cars were unable to avoid the wreck and crashed into the pile-up. The car that struck the 18-wheeler burst into flames and became wedged under the truck.
According to local Dallas news sources, two people in the car that initially clipped the guardrail died in the crash, while three others were injured, including one of the drivers who is suspected of street racing. The police believe that the other car involved in the illegal racing fled from the scene of the accident. The crash is still under investigation, though officials have charged one person with criminally negligent homicide. The names of the victims have not been released.
The Dallas drunk driving accident attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm send their condolences to the friends, family, and loved ones of those killed and injured in this tragic crash and remind readers that street racing does not only put you in danger – it also endangers everyone on the road.