Houston — Lyft Driver Critically Injured, Passenger Dead After DUI Crash in Clear Lake
Posted on Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 at 8:27 pm by Williams Hart | Updated: Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 at 8:21 pm
At around 1 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019, a fatal three-car crash involving a drunk driver in the Clear Lake area in Houston killed a man who was on his way home from the airport and critically injured a Lyft driver.
According to authorities, Erik Deleon, 21, was driving a gray Dodge truck heading northbound on Galveston Road when he clipped the back end of a smaller, silver Mazda pickup and still kept going through the intersection at Pineloch Drive. He then T-boned a Lyft car that was making a left turn.
The passenger, Billy Satterfield, was killed in the crash. He was texting with his wife moments before he was killed, and he was only five miles away from his house. Meanwhile, the Lyft driver, 29-year-old Ezatullah Safi, is in a coma. He is an Afghan refugee who, with his wife and children, came to the U.S. for a better life.
Deleon, who claimed that he was pounding tequila shots at a bar before the accident, is facing intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault charges.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the victims of this particular accident. Alas, they are not the only ones who are affected by a car accident. Car accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In 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 drunk-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 for 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.
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