An early morning motorcycle crash claimed a motorcyclist’s life and critically injured his passenger on Feb. 19, 2018.
Dallas police detectives said the motorcycle struck the back of a car stopped in the middle lane of North Central Expressway. Police said the vehicle ran out of gas and came to rest in the center lane. The 25-year-old driver told police she exited the vehicle and sat on the shoulder of the highway, waiting for friends to arrive and lend assistance.
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Police said the motorcyclist struck the disabled vehicle, throwing him and his passenger from the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, while the passenger was taken to Presbyterian Hospital and placed in a medically induced coma.
A Dallas County grand jury will consider criminally negligent homicide charges against the driver of the stranded car.
The crash marked the 26th traffic fatality in Dallas in 2018.
Texas state laws tell drivers to remain with the vehicle at all times, even when the vehicle is stranded or malfunctioned.
The Texas Penal Code defines criminally negligent homicide as “an act in which a person causes the death of another by criminal negligence.” The Code explains a reasonable person can be expected to perform certain actions in an emergency situation. Failing to do so constitutes criminal negligence.
A conviction for criminally negligent homicide carries penalties including six months to two years in state jail and fines up to $10,000.
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