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Houston Man Charged With 5 Counts of Intoxication Manslaughter

Posted on Apr 26, 2010
According to Click2Houston, a Houston man was indicted yesterday on five counts of intoxication manslaughter. While driving under the influence on April 18, 32 year old Chanton Jenkins' car skidded off of Greens Road, and landed in a water system along a bayou. Jenkins failed field sobriety tests on the scene, and his breathalyzer tests had results of 0.079 and 0.082, two hours or more after the fatal crash.

The crash killed Carrington, 1, Hallie, 4, and Devin Jenkins, 4, who were Jenkins's children. The crash also killed Jenkins' brother, Dreton Thompson, 11, and Malik Barlow, 7. Police have reported that Jenkins was talking on his cell phone right before the crash and that none of the children were wearing their seat belts. Authorities also believe that Jenkins could have been under the influence of narcotics at the time of the crash.

In 2007 alone, 15,387 people were killed by drunk drivers. Texas authorities have been trying hard to cut down of the number of people that drive under the influence but unfortunately, Texas still has the highest percentage of alcohol related crashes in the country. If fact, in 2006 almost half of the fatal automobile crashes that occurred in Texas involved alcohol. Here at the Hart Law Firm, we recognize the needs of people victimized by drunk drivers and throughout the years have handled many of these claims. In fact, recently we were able to settle a case for the maximum amount available for our client, a pregnant mother, who was hit by a drunk driver. If you or a love one has been injured in a wreck involving an intoxicated driver, do not hesitate to contact an experienced board certified personal injury trial lawyer.

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