On August 18, 2017, ABC13 reported that the mother who was driving when her 7-year-old son was ejected during a violent crash had three different drugs in her system. Edith Abrego has been charged with felony murder for the July 7 death of her son, Jody Rodriguez. She was arrested Friday morning at her mother’s home where she and her surviving children have resided since the crash. Houston police had suspected Abrego was, in fact, intoxicated when she got behind the wheel of her SUV on the fateful day. While driving on Maxey Road near her home, she lost control and ran over a pole and a speed limit sign. The vehicle then went airborne and landed on its side. Officials had stated that Abrego had three drugs in her system at the time of the crash and that her blood tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine, and alprazolam. There was no mention of alcohol in the official court records.
Video surveillance footage that was obtained from a nearby business recorded the crash and the moments after. The video shows Jody’s 4-year-old sister climb out of the back broken window and his 6-year-old brother climb out from a side window. It also shows a police officer speaking with the mother as she cried next to her children. It is unclear if any of the children were wearing safety belts. Officers said there was one booster seat in the back, but it is unknown which child was sitting in it. Police say based on their ages, height, and weight, all of the children probably should have been sitting in either a car seat or booster seat. The murder charge is based on a grand jury indictment. Prosecutors requested no bond, but a judge set bond at $200,000.
Auto Accident Statistics According to the Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Facts 2015:
- Primarily based on reportable crashes in 2015, 1 person was killed every 2 hours, 29 minutes. Additionally, 1 person was injured every 2 minutes 8 seconds and 1 reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds.
- There were 581 people killed in head-on crashes in 2015.
- Of all persons killed in vehicles where restraint usage was applicable and usage was known in 2015, 40.3% were reported as not restrained when the fatal crash occurred.
- 246,335 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.
- The fatality rate on Texas roadways for 2015 was 1.43% deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled. This is a 2.05% decrease from 2014.
- Also, Texas experienced a decrease in the number f motor vehicle traffic fatalities. The 2015 death toll of 3,531 was a decrease of 0.14% from the 3,536 deaths recorded in 2014.
- There were 13,616 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2015 that resulted in over 17,000 people sustaining a serious injury.
- Fatalities in traffic crashes in rural areas of the state accounted for 54.52% of the state’s traffic fatalities. There were 1,925 deaths in rural traffic crashes.
- Ultimately, single vehicle, run-off the road crashes resulted in 1,255 deaths in 2015. This was 35.54% of all motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015.
San Antonio Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
It is hard to fathom a mother driving her three children while high on drugs, but people who are on drugs are not known for common sense. This woman not only put her own children at risk but also all other drivers and passengers she crossed paths with as she drove. People who drive under the influence are a great plague on our society and must be held accountable for their actions. If you have been in involved in an accident that was caused by a driver who was under the influence of a drug, or alcohol, please do not delay, and give our offices a call.