ROUND ROCK – Domonick Turner was killed after being struck by a drunk driver on Wednesday, November 11.
Turner, 25, was riding his motorcycle on I-35 around 4am when he was hit by 31-year-old John McClintock of San Marcos. McClintock was driving under the influence, traveling southbound in the northbound lanes for nearly eleven minutes. Austin Police were attempting to apprehend McClintock after receiving several 911 calls about a wrong-way driver when he crashed into Turner near Highway 79.
Domonick Turner was an Army veteran who completed two tours in Afghanistan. His family reports that he was on his way to the airport for a job interview in California after visiting friends at Ft. Hood before tragically losing his life on Veteran’s Day.
The collision between McClintock and Turner involved another vehicle, injuring the driver, although that individual is expected to be okay.
The fatal wreck closed all of the main southbound lanes of I-35 south of Highway 79, which created 2-hour delays.
McClintock remains in jail and is pending his first court hearing. He’s being charged with intoxication manslaughter. Police continue to investigate the crash.
What happened to Domonick Turner is not only devastating, but it’s also entirely preventable. In the United States, 28 people die each day as a result of drunk driving. That’s over 10,000 people who needlessly die each year from something that could have been prevented. If you decide to go out, have a designated driver to make sure you get home safely. Call a local taxi, utilize Lyft or Uber to take you home. A small fee from a car-sharing service is a far greater investment than willingly endangering someone’s life or spending time in jail for intoxication manslaughter.