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New Texas Laws 2019

Texas raises sentencing for hit-and-run car accidents to equivalent of DWI manslaughter

A new law increased the punishment for failing to stop and render aid to match the sentence for DWI manslaughter. The goal is to deter drunken drivers from leaving the scene of an accident.

Phil Wood was killed in Austin in 2014 by a driver who left the scene of the accident.

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