Thousands of people lose their lives every year when drivers choose to get behind the wheel while drunk, putting their lives and the lives of others at risk. And many of the victims of these accidents don’t even have drivers licenses yet.
Drunk driving accidents are a leading cause of death for children in the United States. Parents get behind the wheel when they are not sober, putting the lives of their children and other drivers in danger.
This was the unfortunate case on December 31st, 2018 when an 11-year-old Houston area girl was killed in a car crash.
Her father, the driver of the vehicle, was also injured by accident. He will be charged with murder for the death of his daughter, on suspicion of driving under the influence and recklessly endangering her life by choosing to drive while impaired.
Crash Early in the Night
Around 9 PM on New Year’s Eve, the girl, Vanessa Ledezma Echavarria, was involved in a two-car accident near Highway 90. The father ran a red light traveling at high speed, slamming into another car from behind.
Officers at the scene claim that the father showed clear signs of inebriation after the accident. He is under arrest as he recovers at the hospital.
First responders attempted CPR on the girl, who was flown to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries shortly after arriving at the emergency room.
Loved Ones Mourn the Girl’s Death
In the wake of the tragic death on New Year’s Eve, there was an outpouring of grief for the child who lost her life far too soon. Her neighbors spoke of her as a loving child, and full of life.