A man with a history of driving under the influence of alcohol crashed into another driver’s vehicle, causing a car accident and seriously injuring her.
The man, 31, was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated assault following the drunk driving accident. He was driving the wrong way down Central Expressway in Dallas in the early hours of the morning when he collided with the other vehicle. He later told police that he couldn’t remember where he had been and how much alcohol he had ingested.
The woman, 21, was taken to a local hospital with internal bleeding, two broken legs and a cracked pelvis. She was a waitress at Texas Roadhouse and was using her wages to pay for college.
The lieutenant of the Vehicle Crimes Unit told local media that he was surprised that anyone survived the car accident. The victim remains in serious condition at the Baylor Medical Center. Friends and co-workers have visited and donated blood with hopes that it would help her recover. She has undergone two surgeries since the accident.
The lieutenant also expressed surprise that anyone, even under the influence of alcohol, could go the wrong way down the expressway, as it is very well-lit. The man who was driving the wrong way had crossed into the fast lane of oncoming traffic in what, according to the lieutenant, many people in the same situation think is the slow lane.
According to court documents, the man who caused the crash was on probation for a previous DWI in 2008. He is being treated for a broken leg before being transported to the county jail.
Source: NBC DFW, “Woman Seriously Injured in Dallas Wrong-Way Crash,” Ellen Goldberg, August 12, 2011