The family, friends and schoolmates of a 14-year-old Katy girl are mourning her tragic and sudden death in a drunk driving accident on Friday afternoon.
Nicole King was traveling with her mother, her 12-year-old brother, and her 11-year-old sister in a Toyota Camry which was struck by a drunk driver. According to police officers at the scene, Jeffrey Thomas, the 23-year-old driver and Lubbock-resident, drove his pickup into the outside lane, striking the Camry, and sending it spinning into a ditch. Nicole King died at the scene, while her siblings had to be airlifted to Angleton Danbury Medical Center.
The two children have been hospitalized, but are still in a critical condition. The boy is expected to undergo a plastic surgery procedure soon, while the girl has already undergone jaw surgery.
Our hearts go out to the King family. They have already suffered such a terrible loss, and still have to deal with two severely injured kids. It's just one more example of how reckless drivers can destroy a family in a matter of seconds.
Drunk driving is an epidemic in Texas, no doubt about it. This month, Reader's Digest magazine published the results of a survey of some of the deadliest roads in the country. Those results were further drilled down on the basis of deadliest roads for driving under the influence and speeding. Texas ranks at number eight on the list of deadliest roads for DUI. We are behind states like North Dakota that have some of the most lenient DUI laws in the country. Even Mississippi with its notoriously bad roads is considered safer in terms of DUI risks than Texas highways. Those are sobering facts for any Houston injury lawyer.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident, contact the Husband & Wife Legal Team today at 713-226-9900 or toll free 1-844-301-KAHN.