A late-night Dallas-area car accident that claimed the lives of three family members is being blamed on drunk driving, and now police are investigating to see where the at-fault driver was being served prior to the crash. The incident took place at around 11:00 p.m. on Interstate 20 in Arlington when 29-year-old Jose Castro of Farmers Branch crashed into two cars that were parked under the South Center Street overpass.
The Dallas-area car accident devastated the community of Grand Prairie, as the three people who were killed were all members of a popular family. Prior to the incident, 23-year-old Leah Beck had called her parents after she had experienced car trouble and pulled over under the overpass. Her parents, 55-year-old Patrick Beck and 48-year-old Janet Beck drove to the scene to assist her, pulling in behind her and getting out of the car to see how they could help.
Unfortunately, at this point, Castro’s vehicle approached them and he drifted from the highway into the family, igniting both vehicles and his own. The parents died at the scene and Leah died a few hours later at Medical City Arlington Hospital’s emergency room.
Driver That Caused Dallas Car Accident Arrested at the Scene
After the fatal car accident, Castro was arrested and charged with three counts of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is coordinating with Arlington police to determine where Castro had been drinking prior to the incident and whether he was overserved. In the state of Texas, family members and survivors of victims are able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against both the driver in a drunk driving incident and against the alcohol vendor if it can show that they were negligent in their duty of care to the general public.