KSAT12– A Houston man said he was forced to take matters into his own hands Saturday after spotting a person driving erratically in the River Oaks neighborhood. Alejandro Fernandez Favreau said he was showing his visiting family around the city when he spotted a car that had been involved in a crash and whose driver was swerving, according to a post on his Facebook page.
Favreau said he began following the vehicle, and the driver stopped at a restaurant. He said he called the police, but as he was leaving, he noticed the driver get back in his car to leave, too. Favreau said he decided to follow the car again, which is when his brother-in-law started recording video of the incident.
The video, which was posted on several social media sites, showed the driver of a white Ford Mustang with significant front-end damage swerving all over the road, running red lights and making dangerous turns. At one point, it appears as if the driver was losing control of the vehicle. The driver eventually pulled into the parking lot of a grocery store, the video showed. That was when Favreau decided he had to do something. “(The) parking lot was full of people, many of (whom) were children,” Favreau wrote in his Facebook post. “We had to act (quickly) to stop the guy before something bad happened.”
Favreau said that as he approached the vehicle, the driver began backing the vehicle away and crashed into another vehicle that was behind him. He said that he tried to open the door, but it was locked. “Luckily, he opened the window and I went in, put the car in park and opened the door,” Favreau wrote. “I saw him trying to reach to put the car into gear, so I had to pull him out of the car.”
The video showed Favreau struggle briefly with the driver before the man is pulled out of the car. Favreau then detains the man until police arrive. Favreau said that he had received criticism for his actions, but he said he just wanted to keep someone from getting hurt. “I thought of two really good friends of mine that are now dead,” Favreau wrote. “One because he drove while really drunk, and he crashed and died; and the other one, a few years later, died because he got hit by a drunk driver.”
Police identified the accused driver as Sirkon Ash, 28, of Houston. He was charged with driving while intoxicated. He was released from jail on $10,000 bond. Records showed this was Ash’s third time being charged with DWI. He was convicted on two prior charges — the first in Austin in 2012 and the second in Houston in 2014.
DWI Crash Statistics
In data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA:
- There was a 7.7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015. An estimated 35,200 people died in 2015, up from the 32,675 reported fatalities in 2014.
- According to NHTSA, every day, 28 people in the United States die in an alcohol-related vehicle crash, that’s one person every 53 minutes.
- Drunk driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades; however, the chance of being in an alcohol-impaired crash is still one in three over the course of a lifetime.
- These deaths and damages contribute to a cost of $52 billion per decade.
Auto Crash Statistics
In preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA
- A 7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths occurred in 2015. Around 35,200 people died in 2015, up from the 32,675 reported fatalities in 2014.
- Estimates based on data for 2015 reveals that most of the Nation saw significant increases in motorcyclist (9% increase), pedestrian (10% increase) and pedal cyclist fatalities (13% increase).
- Fatalities to drivers and passengers also increased (6% and 7%, respectively).
- Fatalities in crashes involving young drivers (15 to 20 years old) increased 10 percent.
- Fatalities in crashes involving large trucks increased by 4 percent.
- Fatalities among occupants of passenger vehicles that rolled over increased by about 5 percent. These estimates are created by inflating current 2015 cases coded into FARS to regional totals presented in the note for the overall fatalities.
San Antonio Drunk Driving Lawyer
Drunk driving causes many car accidents every year. The most tragic part of drunk driving accidents is that they could completely be avoided if people would not drive while intoxicated. They usually end up injuring or killing innocent people while often times they get to walk away from crashes. A drunk driver can alter your life in incomprehensible ways, from damage to your vehicle to physical injuries that last a lifetime, and even the injury or death of a loved one or other passenger. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a car accident, contact our law office today and schedule a free consultation.