By: Steve Dellar | 02-10-2018 | News
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Arizona Family Of 12 Hit By Drunk Driver, 2 Dead

This Wednesday, 19-year-old Adam Banbury had been allowed to purchase alcohol at a local convenience store in Amarillo. Two hours later, he crashed his vehicle into a van of a family of 12, killing 2 people instantly, the 50-year-old father and one of the 11-year-old children.

Three other passengers of the van were rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the van, a 41-year-old woman, sustained non-life threatening injuries and was released from hospital on Friday.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">GoFundMe set up for Arizona family involved in fatal accident - A GoFundMe has been set up for Arizona family who lost family members in a fatal accident earlier this week. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Explore Amarillo (@ExploreAmarillo) <a href="">February 9, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The crash happened at 3:30 pm on the Wednesday, on the Interstate 40 highway near Amarillo, and the family of 12 will forever remember that moment as the one that wrecked their lives.

The police report states that two cars were traveling east, just west of the Pullman Road overpass. The van was driving in the middle lane with a pickup truck of Mr Banbury behind them.

At a certain point, the front of Mr Banbury’s pickup hit the rear end of the family’s van, causing the front vehicle to leave the roadway and roll, resulting in the tragic loss of life.

Police explained that they are now looking for the businesses that served young Mr Banbury alcohol. In the state of Texas, it is a Class A Misdemeanor to sell alcohol to a minor.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Driver, 19, booked into jail on four felony charges stemming from early morning accident on IH-40. from Amarillo <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Amarillo TX (@Amarillorr) <a href="">February 8, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr Banbury was booked into the Potter County Detention Center for two counts of intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle and two counts of intoxicated assault with a vehicle. He risks a 20 year prison sentence as well as a fine of up to $10,000.

A Gofundme page has been setup to help the family.


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