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Houston, TX (February 7, 2020) – A 39-year-old man died Thursday night when a truck drove off of the road and hit him. The accident occurred around 8:00 p.m. near the intersection of Bellaire Boulevard and Atwell Drive.

Police say Carlos Lopez-Obispo, 57, drove his pickup truck on the curb of Bellaire Boulevard and hit a man who was riding a motorized scooter. Emergency services rushed the man to the hospital, who was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police suspect alcohol was a major factor in the crash. A $100,000 bail was set for Lopez-Obispo, who is being charged with one count of intoxication manslaughter. The name of the victim has not been released.

Sean Teare with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office says that the county ranks first in the nation for alcohol-related traffic deaths. So far, the trend looks like it will continue. Just two months into the year, Teare says “we already have somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 charged intoxication manslaughter or felony murder cases.”

Sources: Click 2 Houston, KSAT

Contact an Experienced Houston Car Accident Attorney Today

Unfortunately, auto accidents like this happen far too often in Texas. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause and hold those responsible accountable. At The Johns Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents are for the families and friends of the victims. 

If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in an accident like this, please contact one of our Houston car accident attorneys at 866-309-3499 to set up a free consultation. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident.

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