Incidents of drunk driving, unfortunately, continue to run rampant here in Texas. Many times drunk driving leads to a fatal accident. Just recently, right here in Denton, Texas, a drunk driver caused the death of four innocent people. Wilson Rene Molinares, a 22-year-old student at Texas State, was driving his car in the opposite direction down I-35 northbound. He then collided with a van killing its four occupants. This accident was so bad that it took four two hours to pry the van apart to get the deceased out. A blood search warrant was ordered to determine if alcohol was involved in this incident. If so, Molinares may then be charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter.
The Relevant Texas Law
Unlike many states, Texas does not use the terms involuntary manslaughter and voluntary manslaughter. Instead, Texas combines the two into one broad charge with enhanced penalties in some circumstances. In general, in Texas, manslaughter exists when a prosecutor can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person charged (“Defendant”) recklessly caused the death of another person. Unlike first-degree murder, this crime does not require premeditation or deliberation beforehand.