A man has been arrested following last Tuesday’s crash which claimed the life of a young tow truck driver.
The crash occurred near O’Connor Road in Irving after 7 p.m. It involved four cars and resulted in the closure of Texas 183 for several hours.
Police say the accident happened after a tow truck stopped to help a stranded motorist. A driver, who police suspect was intoxicated, crashed into both vehicles. The crash resulted in the death of 22-year-old Joshua Henao.
The tow truck driver was reportedly standing on the shoulder of the road loading a vehicle onto the wrecker when the car hit him.
Henao’s mother, Susan Garcia, said she was planning to travel from Los Angeles to North Texas to be with her son for the holidays. Now in town to plan his funeral, Garcia said her son was the best son anyone could ask for.
Meanwhile, 38-year-old Edgar Arturo Zavala-Asturias was treated for minor injuries and then taken into police custody and charged with intoxication manslaughter.
AAA issued a statement in the wake of the tragedy, expressing deep sadness.
The association said Henao was a driver for its contract station Global Emergency Services.
Police have appealed for anyone with information about the accident to come forward.
In Texas, non-commercial drivers over the age of are considered legally drunk when their blood alcohol concentration is .08 or over. Commercial drivers are deemed legally drink when their BAC is .04 or more.
Meanwhile, drivers under the age of 21 are legally drunk when there is any alcohol at all in their system. That’s because they’re not supposed to be drinking at all.
If you have been accused of intoxication manslaughter or driving while intoxicated, reach out to a Houston criminal defense attorney for advice.