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AHeneen
04-19-2009, 06:56 AM
Officials: 5 Houston Children Dead in Swamped Car
Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,517075,00.html)

HOUSTON — Five Houston children died after their sedan slid into a rain-swollen ditch when the driver lost control while trying to answer a cell phone, authorities said.

John Cannon, a Houston police spokesman, told several Houston television stations that the driver of the car was the father of four of the dead children, all 7 or younger. Cannon said the driver was taken for blood-alcohol testing.

The father was among two adults and a 10-year-old girl who escaped the fast-moving current that swept the car 100 feet on Saturday from where it left the road and made the vehicle inaccessible to emergency workers for hours, Cannon said.

Houston television station KTRK reported that police said the dead children included 1- and 3-year-old girls and three boys, ages 4, 6 and 7.

Cannon said a passenger told police the driver's cell phone rang, and the driver lost control when he tried to answer it.

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I feel terrible for the father, having to live with himself after such an event.

SarasotaRepub
04-19-2009, 11:04 AM
Terrible stuff.

AHeneen
04-19-2009, 01:56 PM
Turns out the father driving failed the sobriety test...So, on second thought, I don't feel sorry for him. He's charged with one (only ONE) count of intoxication manslaughter! Driving a vehicle filled with 8 people—including 6 children—while intoxicated is grossly irresponsible, and I hope he's pursued to the fullest extent of the law (ie. FIVE counts of intoxication manslaughter)!!!!!

noonwitch
04-20-2009, 11:56 AM
Turns out the father driving failed the sobriety test...So, on second thought, I don't feel sorry for him. He's charged with one (only ONE) count of intoxication manslaughter! Driving a vehicle filled with 8 people—including 6 children—while intoxicated is grossly irresponsible, and I hope he's pursued to the fullest extent of the law (ie. FIVE counts of intoxication manslaughter)!!!!!


My dad used to do it every Summer Sunday, after our family would go play volleyball with his friends' families, and we would watch all the men get drunk. Then, Dad would drive us all home. Of course, my dad was a pretty good driver, even while drunk.


He doesn't drink anymore.