Teenager, Bar Employees Charged After Fatal Drunk Driving Crash in Texas
HARRIS COUNTY, TX. – According to an online news report from atlantablackstar.com, a teenager and several employees of a bar have been criminally charged in connection with a fatal drunk driving crash in Harris County, Texas.*
19-year-old Erick Hernandez visited Servi-Car el 3, a bar in Harris County, where employees served him at least 12 alcoholic drinks. Shortly before 11 p.m., after spending six hours in the bar, Hernandez drove a pickup truck away from the bar on Houston Boulevard. Moments later, he swerved across three lanes of the road and into oncoming traffic, where he crashed into the vehicle of 23-year-old Taylor Phillips.
Phillips died in the crash. Her mother and 1-year-old son were in the vehicle with her and sustained injuries. Hernandez was arrested and charged with second-degree felony intoxication manslaughter. He was released on a $30,000 bond, according to court records.
In addition to those filed against Hernandez, prosecutors in Harris County are pursuing charges against four employees of Servi-Car el 3 and a manager of the bar. Video surveillance from that night shows Hernandez receiving numerous alcoholic drinks at the bar without being carded and shows him leaving the bar visibly intoxicated.
The four employees have been charged with misdemeanor offenses for serving alcohol to a minor. The manager has been charged with misdemeanor possession of an unauthorized beverage, because the bar was licensed only to serve wine and beer, not liquor.
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