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Driver arrested after crash causes death of 2 unborn babies

A man from Waco, Texas, was arrested and charged with the deaths of two unborn children after he allegedly crashed a vehicle while intoxicated and distracted.

The 46-year-old man was allegedly trying to use his cellphone while he was driving. The crash happened on North 28th Street in Waco when the man lost control of a 2015 Nissan Versa. The vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a utility pole. There were two women in the Versa, both of whom were pregnant. Both women were said to be in critical condition after the accident and both lost their unborn babies. One of the women, a 22-year-old, was 10 weeks pregnant. The other woman, a 33-year-old, was five months pregnant.

The actual intoxicant the man was allegedly under was not revealed, but a drug recognition expert from the Woodway Police Department assisted the responding Waco officers.

The man was charged with two counts of intoxication assault arising from injuries to the women and two counts of intoxication manslaughter in the deaths of the unborn children. He is currently being held on a total bond of $200,000.

The man is facing criminal charges, but he also may be facing lawsuits in civil court from the women for their injuries and the death of their unborn children. Whether the man is convicted of the criminal charge does not matter when it comes to filing a civil lawsuit.

The goal of a civil lawsuit in a personal injury or wrongful death case is to hold the parties responsible for the victim's injuries or death. An attorney can help you learn more about the legal options available in such instances.

Source: Waco Tribune-Herald, "Driver jailed after Waco wreck kills 2 unborn babies," Don Bolding, June 27, 2016

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