An investigation by a newly-formed task force into a fatal Houston car accident has led to charges against three adults, as well as the driver. The drunk driving crash claimed the lives of a mother and her three-month-old son.
The Houston crash that killed 36-year-old Shayla Joseph and her son Braylan Jabari Joseph took place on February 28th, when 20-year-old Veronica Rivas crashed into their vehicle at the intersection of I-45 and El Dorado in Clear Lake.
According to charges filed by the Harris County District Attorney, before the accident, Rivas had been at the Crescent City Connection Sports & Oyster Bar, where three adults purchased alcohol for her and served alcohol to Rivas and her 17-year-old companion. The adults who were named included the son of the bar’s owner and a bartender, who was also charged with having failed to check either girl’s I.D.
Houston Car Accident is First Prosecution for New Task Force
Ms. Rivas, whose blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit two hours after the crash, has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter, but the investigation into the Houston car accident did not stop with her. A newly formed task force in the District Attorney’s Office has been tasked with starting at the crash scene and working backward to determine the source of the alcohol.
In this case, it was determined that 24-year-old Devin Jackson, the bar owner’s son, had knowingly purchased and provided alcohol to a minor, and 23-year-old John C. Medina faces the same charge, which carries a penalty of up to one year in jail along with a $4,000 fine. Medina has also been charged with lying to a grand jury, and if found guilty on that charge faces up to 10 years in prison. The other adult charged was 40-year-old Amy L. Allen, who was the bartender.
Speaking of the incident, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said, “Those who fuel carnage caused by drunk driving are legally responsible, and the community will determine the cost of their actions. Serving or offering someone alcohol is a consequential responsibility.”