During the morning of November 13th, two accidents occurred around the same time and in the same place. At 1:30 am on Sunday just outside of Palestine, Texas two crashes occurred that left one dead, four injured and three in jail for drinking related charges.
At that time a Chevy Tahoe driven by Erik Shawn Green drifted past the center lane of highway 287 and crashed into a Nissan Xterra. Betsey Salazar was pronounced dead on the scene by Anderson County Justice of the Peace, Carl Davis. Three other women in the SUV were taken to the hospital. Luebin Garcia, 24, Anna Pecina, 22, and Marysol Pecina, 21, all of whom lived at the same address as Salazar, were taken to area hospitals.
During the process of clearing that accident, another accident occurred. 21-year-old Matthew Mitchell became impatient waiting for the road to be cleared. He tried to pilot his Chevy Impala through the emergency response vehicles. Mitchell and his passenger Robert Hamm, 27, of Elkhart drove around a police blockade and failed to see the helicopter in the roadway. In his ill-advised attempt to save time, he ended up colliding into the life-flight helicopter fin. Upon being detained by the police he had asked why the helicopter was flying so low.
Both Green and Mitchell were charged with drinking while intoxicated. Also the passenger in Mitchell’s car, Robert Hamm, was charged with public intoxication. Green had sustained injuries from crashing into the Nissan Xterra. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Then he was taken to the Anderson County Jail, where he was held in lieu of bonds totaling $800,000 He will face one charge of intoxicated manslaughter and three counts of intoxicated assault.
It is always unfortunate when lives are lost through the bad decisions of some. If you find yourself in that kind of situation, please contact a Texas or Fort Bend County DWI lawyer to counsel you concerning DWI arrests.