Simonton Woman and Son Killed By Drunk Driver

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 13-Jan-2012

A mother and her son were killed Thursday when they were struck by a drunk driver while the woman was changing a tire that had blown out as they traveled to visit family outside of Katy.

Simonton resident, 48-year-old Katherine Ann Addison and her son, 12-year-old Kendall D. Addison, Jr., were killed when their car was hit by the drunk driver, causing it to ignite in flames.

According to police, Katherine Addison got out of the vehicle to fix the flat tire, leaving her son inside the Mercury. The car was hit by a Ford pickup, driven by 23-year-old Taylor C. McShan. McShan is being charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter as a result of the drunk driving accident. He was being treated at local hospital for minor injuries.

McShan’s passenger and the owner of the pickup truck, identified as off-duty Katy Police Officer, Cody Parachman, was also intoxicated, officials said. Both McShan and Parchman had frequented a nightclub prior to the drunk driving accident that killed Katherine Addison and her son.

More than 500,000 people across the U.S. are injured every year in accidents involving alcohol, Mother’s Against Drunk Driving reports. But while the numbers of people injured and killed in drunk driving accidents are shocking, the results of such accidents are entirely preventable, making them even more heart-wrenching.

Drivers that get behind the wheel after drinking and operate a vehicle while impaired by drugs and alcohol create a potentially dangerous situation that can harm others drivers on the roads, pedestrians and passengers.

But while drivers should be held responsible for poor choices involving drinking and driving, the bars, nightclubs and restaurants serving alcohol can also be held responsible for injuries and death resulting from a drunk driving accident. If alcohol was sold to an underage person or to a patron who was obviously intoxicated, such venues may be held responsible for negligent actions that contributed to a drunk driving accident.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a drunk driving accident, call our DWI attorneys in Bryan-College Station, San Antonio, Austin and statewide Texas at 888-335-7492, contact us online or visit one of the 11 office locations for our drunk driving accident lawyers in Texas for a free consultation today.

Our experienced DWI lawyers, professional medical consultants, private investigators and caring staff will help you uncover answers to some of the difficult questions surrounding your accident of the fatal drunk driving accident of a loved one while seeking just compensation for your injuries and loss. We care. We can help.

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