Houston DWI Lawyer, Johnson, Comments on Football Player Death: No Alcohol Involved

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Texas A&M football player Polo Manukainiu and two others were killed when his car flipped in July as stated in the Houston Chronicle. Criminal defense attorney Dane Johnson says there is no sign that alcohol was involved in the accident.

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Defensive end Polo Manukainu was killed along with two others when his car flipped last month, ending a promising career before it began. But in the flurry of media speculation around the death of the hometown hero, criminal defense lawyer Dane Johnson says it's important to remember that alcohol was not implicated in the fatal accident according to the Houston Chronicle (7.30.13).

As stated in the Houston Chronicle (7.30.13), Manukainu was a star on his high school team and earned a scholarship to Texas A&M University, where he would compete for a starting position this fall. The 6'6” player was driving in New Mexico when the accident happened.

“We're used to tragic stories of young athletes abusing alcohol or drugs. Thankfully it will not require a DWI case as alcohol was not involved,” said Johnson, founder of the Johnson, Johnson & Baer law firm. “This is not one of those stories.”

Although not everyone in the car was wearing a seatbelt, police say that there was no sign of alcohol being involved, and the crash seemed to be a pure accident, reported the Houston Chronicle therefor the likelihood of DWI case for this incident is small.

“It's believed that Polo's car started to drift off the road, and he tried to veer back on but swerved too hard, often times we can expect to see a lawsuit from incidents like this” said Johnson. “That was all it took for the car to flip.”

The Houston Chronicle also reported that the other two passengers who died were Manukainiu's 13 year old half-brother and his former high school teammate, who was driving. The other two passengers, the brother and father of the 13 year old, survived with only minor injuries.

About Dane Johnson:

Dane Johnson is a Houston criminal defense attorney and a founding partner of Johnson, Johnson & Baer law firm. One of the youngest-ever graduates of the Houston Law Center, Mr. Johnson began his career prosecuting criminal cases and training new assistant prosecutors. He now works on behalf of those charged with crimes, defending DUI cases and other criminal cases with an impressive rate of success. He can be contacted at:

Johnson, Johnson & Baer
1018 Preston Street
Suite 400
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 489-6541

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