A woman was killed and the driver arrested on intoxication manslaughter charges after a Thursday night auto-pedestrian accident in Jefferson County.

A group of people were walking in the grass near the edge of a road about 8:40 p.m. A 2008 Dodge pickup truck traveling east moved to to the center of the road as he approached but did not see others walking in the middle of the roadway. Two pedestrians were struck, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Maxine Comeaux, 19, and her sister Marquida Comeaux, 20, were taken to Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth in Beaumont with head injuries. Maxine Comeaux was pronounced dead at 9:40 p.m. at the hospital. Her sister was treated and released.

The driver of the pickup, Marcus Deshotel, 34, was not injured.

Drunk Driving Accidents

Intoxication manslaughter is a serious criminal charge in Texas; however, it’s not the only legal penalty after a drunk driving accident. If you were injured or a loved one killed by a drunk driver, a drunk driving accident attorney can help pursue a civil case against the driver.

Civil and criminal charges can be brought simultaneously — one does not affect the other. If the person accused of drunk driving is found innocent of civil charges, for example, that does not mean he or she can’t be held liable in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

A Texas auto accident victim understand their legal options; and protect the victim from the tactics big insurance companies often use to get out of paying claims.

At Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers we help victims of all types of motor vehicle accidents, including those involving drunk drivers, to recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.