Updating a blog post we brought you last month, the mother of a young woman killed by an alleged drunk driver has a message for Austin residents.
KXAN-TV reported that Measha Smith knew something strange was up when her daughter Maleeca, a sophomore at University of Texas at San Antonio, did not come home on April 19. It turned out that Maleeca was involved in an accident at the corner of Gracy Farms Lane and Burnet Road.
Maleeca was visiting with Measha and sister just prior to the accident, and was on her way home, in a separate vehicle, when the crash occurred. Having seen her just prior to the crash, Measha used a GPS tracker to go to the accident site, where she discovered that her daughter’s involvement. The driver of the other vehicle in the wreck, a 26-year-old man, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
“I was literally at the crime scene really looking for [the man charged in connection to the crash], like is there kind of a way I could find out who he is or anything like that, but after the fact it’s not worth it, it’s not going to bring her back,” Measha said, according to KXAN. “Just let the Lord handle it.”
Measha said that it is “it’s stupid and not worth it” to drink and drive. She mentioned how there are alternative options in Austin for intoxicated people including public transportation, and Uber and Lyft, to avoid drunk driving.
Malecca, 20, attended Eastside Memorial High School, graduating third in her class. By all accounts, she was an excellent student, involved in the orchestra and cheerleading, and was studying physical therapy at UTSA.
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It is incredibly sad that this young woman died due to the alleged reckless actions of another driver. If you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, you should talk to an attorney about pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit. In addition to criminal charges, it is important that drunk drivers face civil consequences when their actions harm others. This will dissuade them, as well as the public, from participating in this dangerous activity in the future.
There are no excuses for drunk driving. If a reckless driver has harmed you or your family member, and you would like to speak to an Austin injury attorney, you can share your story using the live chat option at the top of this page.
The Law Offices of Aaron Allison – Austin Personal Injury Attorney