When you go to fill your car with gas, the last thing you expect is to be hit by a drunk driver. That’s what happened in this case.
This accident happened in South Austin on Interstate 35 near St. Elmo Road. Eyewitness say a speeding driver, who was weaving all over the highway, made a sharp turn at the off ramp to miss hitting a concrete divider. Justin Navarrete missed the divider but slammed into a light pole and Kyle Braker and his car. Braker was pumping gas into his vehicle.
The victim’s pelvis was fractured and his lungs damaged. Braker’s girlfriend sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision. The SUV driven by Navarette flipped upside down on the back end of Braker’s car and his girlfriend found him on the ground between the gas pump and his car. It was a moment of pure terror for her as she struggled to make sense of what had happened. She moved Braker in case a fire started.
When police arrived on the scene they found Navarette with watery, bloodshot, glassy eyes and very disoriented. He was noted as being unresponsive at times when he attempted to speak to police and when he did speak he slurred so badly he could not be understood. In addition, he was uncooperative and had a strong odor of alcohol about him. His blood alcohol content was 0.242 and he was charged with intoxication assault.
Drinking and driving is illegal. Nonetheless, people still do it as this case demonstrates. If you have been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, reach out to a skilled DWI plaintiff’s attorney for help to get a fair and equitable settlement.