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Texas deputy loses life: Drug-related misconduct

A Harris County deputy died on Wednesday, Oct. 29, after suffering severe injuries from a car accident, which was alleged to be drug-related.

The deputy’s vehicle was hit head-on when a woman driving an SUV crossed over into the oncoming traffic lane. Her SUV crashed into the deputy’s car, knocking it into a drainage ditch, where it came to rest. The 32-year-old deputy was transported by air to a hospital in an emergency situation. He passed away early Wednesday morning.

The woman driving the SUV is 29 years old. She was also treated at the hospital, and subsequently held in the Harris County Jail until Thursday for a first court appearance. She was charged with possessing a controlled substance, and no bond was set.

The deputy, who was considered to be a veteran at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, was the 40th official to be killed on duty in their 177 years of service.

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is considered reckless driving. Those who harm another person while under the influence of drugs or alcohol often does not realize the danger they put both themselves and others in. Nevertheless, once a crime is committed and the damage is done, it cannot be undone.

The damage done in this situation took the life of an innocent man, who likely has a family or loved ones whose lives will be changed forever. Insurance claims are usually filed against the party at fault’s insurance company to cover medical expenses and other costs associated with recovery from an accident.

When the victim of an auto accident is deceased, the family still has rights to file for monetary compensation to cover their loss. The deceased may have been the primary source of income for his or her family, leaving them to now struggle to pay their mortgage or bills. This is where a personal injury lawsuit may be of help. While monetary compensation cannot bring a loved one back, it may alleviate additional distress for the family.

Source: abc12, "Houston-area deputy killed in head-on collision" Oct. 30, 2014

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