Off-duty police officer guilty of DWI for 2012 hit and run fatality

It’s not just ordinary Texas citizens that drink and drive. In this case, an off-duty officer, 49-year-old Raymundo Carranza, ran into 26-year-old Richard Lopez, who was changing a tire at the side of Spur 601, killing him.

Carranza left the scene of the accident, only to return two hours later and tell police he thought he had hit something, but did not know what it was. His blood alcohol content was 0.106 three hours after the wreck. The limit where an individual is considered to be legally drunk in Texas is 0.08.

Carranza resigned from his job two days after the accident. The 17-year veteran was found guilty of intoxicated manslaughter and sentenced to 17 years in jail.

There is no good reason for drunk driving. Bad choices can and do result in bad outcomes. In this case a young man with his whole life ahead of him died because someone, with an even higher duty of care to “not” drink and drive, chose to drive while inebriated.

Been involved in an accident where one or more drivers was intoxicated? At Lee, Gober & Reyna we are plaintiff’s attorneys and our door is open to you.

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