The loss of a loved one in an accident usually causes considerable pain for family members and friends. The loss can even be more painful if the fatal accident was avoidable and the result of someone else's negligence. Allegations of negligence often mean the person deemed responsible will face many years of legal trouble and possibly time in prison.
A 35-year-old Houston woman who was arrested in early February after being involved in a fatal bicycle accident two months earlier has been rearrested after violating some of the terms of her bail, according to Harris County prosecutors.
In December 2013, the woman was allegedly driving in Houston's Montrose neighborhood around 10:20 p.m. when she struck a 24-year-old bicyclist who had just left her job and was on her way home. The bicyclist died after three days from injuries sustained in the accident.
The woman was charged in February for failing to stop at an accident scene and giving assistance. She was arrested but was released after paying $30,000 in bail.
The woman's rearrest came recently when county prosecutors determined that she had violated conditions of her bail, including outfitting her vehicle with an ignition interlock device to prevent her from driving after drinking. Laboratory tests shortly after the woman's February arrest showed positive results for several narcotics, marijuana and a prescription pain killer.
Court records allege she also failed to pay a $50 charge for alcohol and drug testing as well as supervision. Police arrested her at her twin sister's residence.
For surviving family to get some measure of justice, they can file a wrongful death lawsuit, especially if criminal action determines negligence on the part of a defendant. If successful, the legal action could bring monetary compensation to help a family cope with any financial hardships following its loss.
Source: The Houston Chronicle, "Suspect in Montrose bicycle hit-and-run death rearrested in Austin," Carol Christian, May 1, 2014