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Austin — Man Killed in DUI Accident at East Seventh Street-Springdale Road Intersection

Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 at 11:56 pm by Williams Hart    

At around 10:25 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, a man was killed in a drunken driving accident that happened in east Austin.

According to police reports, Duane Harris, 29, was driving his Lexus eastbound on East Seventh Street when he ran a red light at the intersection and struck a Volkswagen that was traveling northbound on Springdale Road. The impact of the collision caused the two vehicles to strike a Jeep Cherokee that was stopped at the light.

The man inside the Volkswagen, identified as Javier Emanuel Nino-Esparza, was pronounced dead at the scene. Harris, on the other hand, was brought to a nearby hospital for treatment, along with two of the occupants in his vehicle.

It was discovered that Harris was drinking beer and smoking marijuana prior to the crash. He was then charged with intoxication manslaughter, and his bond is set at $40,000.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Javier Emanuel Nino-Esparza. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a car accident. Car accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In a statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This can be translated to be about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them.

The three common causes of car accidents are speeding, driving while distracted, and DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol). DUI, in particular, is quite appalling. The NHTSA reports that about 28 people die every day because of drunken driving crashes, and in 2010, 10,228 died in DUI accidents while about 345,000 were injured. All these numbers paint a terrible picture indeed.

Car accidents, especially the DUI ones, are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/DUI accidents, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.

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