Houston, TX — An early-morning accident this past Sunday (February 9, 2014) left two more people dead. Houston PD confirmed that Joe Ledet, 35, and Donna Davis, 15, were both killed after a fatal two-car accident that left another man facing intoxication manslaughter charges. HPD said this accident marks the fourth alcohol-related fatality that weekend, as two more people were killed early Friday morning in an accident.

According to the news reports, this accident happened at about 2:30 a.m., just off Highway 288 at Airport Boulevard. Ledet was driving south along Highway 288 in a Honda Civic with his fiance, her 15-year old daughter Donna Davis, and a 3-year old child.

As they took the exit for Airport Boulevard, another southbound driver going at a very high rate of speed rear-ended their Honda. The collision killed both Joe Ledet and Donna Davis at the scene while the others were taken to a hospital.

The driver of the speeding car was later identified as Joshua DeShawn Gilbert. He currently faces two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one county of intoxicated assault. More investigation is ongoing.

Scene of the Accident


A lot of people get angry about accidents like this and demand that the driver take responsibility for their actions. I agree with this, and it’s important that drunk drivers pay the price for their poor decisions. However, there is another person who can make equally bad decisions and create accidents like this – I’m talking about bartenders and servers who think it’s okay to serve obviously intoxicated customers more alcohol. The fact of the matter is that the TABC and Texas state legislature have very strict laws about the responsible sale of alcohol. If a bar wants to sell alcohol, that’s fine, but they must do it in accordance with TABC standards – which state that you cannot serve an obviously intoxicated person.

To do so is clearly irresponsible, I think we can all agree, but the bar typically isn’t punished in these situations. In some cases, they might get a fine and simply continue with business as usual. Now, I’m not saying that’s what happened in this accident. I’m not implying this driver had been at a bar. But I do want to point out that there others who are contributing to this problem of drunk driving.


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  1. its sad because i knew her and went t o school with her the fact that she has black and blue braids last year we both had black and purple braids at the same time so we had a moment but she was really cool

  2. AN IN-LAW. Hurts, Pains, Aches, Suffering(s). hedonism intoxication, intemperance, heavy drinking, overindulgence boozing, alcoholism, excess drunkenness, death none existing on this EARTH EVER AGAIN. Noting just the same.

  3. Just want to say to Joe that I will miss him dearly. It so said that a young life was taken due to drunk driving and they always walk away with just a scratch. Something must be done!! To all of his family I will miss him and it really hurts my heart, I hadn’t talked to him in awhile and now I regret it deeply. I love you Joe!!!!!!!!

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