'Drunk, Cell-Chatting' Driver Charged in Texas Kid Deaths

Dad faces trial for 'intoxication manslaughter'
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Apr 20, 2009 2:27 AM CDT
Police recover a car that was submerged in a rain-filled ditch where five young passengers died.   (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Melissa Phillip)
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(Newser) – A Houston driver was charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter yesterday after his car careened into a flooded ditch, killing three of his kids and two others. The 32-year-old dad was arrested after failing an on-the-spot sobriety test, said police. The body of a 4-year-old girl is still missing, reports the Houston Chronicle. The driver was on his cell phone when the accident occurred, according to law enforcement authorities.