Efraim Carmona pled guilty to five counts of intoxication manslaughter after causing the accident that killed five people in June 2014. Although he could have received a 110-year sentence, he was instead handed a 50-year jail term. 34-year-old Carmona must serve 25 years before he may be considered for parole. He had been driving with a blood alcohol content of .23, about triple the legal limit for driving, and refused to cooperate with police after they arrived on the scene. Multiple cases of beer were discovered in his truck.
The accident occurred when Carmona, driving east in a westbound lane, entered an exit ramp at the Sam Houston Tollway near Humble. He collided head-on with the pick up truck driven by Valentin Garcia, father and husband of the vehicle’s occupants. The accident scene revealed that five of the six family members in the Ford pick up truck hit by Carmona were killed in the wreck. An adolescent girl, 15-years-old at the time, survived with serious injuries and remains in a wheelchair today.
Stories like this one are becoming far too common, and law enforcement officials in Harris County are pleading with all residents to take to social media to talk about the dangers of drinking and driving in order to prevent these accidents in the future.