Alleged drunk driver in deadly Cypress golf cart crash released on bond, faces two $1 million lawsuits filed by victims’ families

Daniel Rivera, a resident of Cypress, is accused of driving an intoxicated Cadillac Escalade and crashing into a golf cart, resulting in the death of two victims. The relatives of the victims have also filed lawsuits seeking more than $1 million in damages. Additionally, they are calling for stricter regulations to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

Anderson Fraser was the individual who passed away. As per the records of Harris County court, on Aug. 9, a day after a comparable lawsuit was lodged by the spouse, offspring, and guardians of Christopher Scandridge, the spouse and offspring of Jacob Wnuk, one of the three individuals who passed away, submitted a lawsuit for wrongful death against Rivera.

Wnuk’s kin, on behalf of whom the legal action was initiated by lawyer David Romagosa, alleges that Blenderman and Moran were careless in permitting Rivera to operate the automobile. Rivera’s parent, Moran, was a traveler in the vehicle during the collision, and Blenderman possesses the SUV that Rivera was operating. Sean Blenderman and Giselle Maria Moran are also cited as defendants in the litigation.

The legal representatives for Rivera, Blenderman, and Moran are not mentioned in the digital court documents for any of the civil lawsuits. Mark Thiessen, one of the three lawyers defending Rivera in his criminal homicide trials, stated that they are not acting as his counsel in the civil affairs.

As per Sheriff Ed Gonzalez of Harris County, Anderson and Wnuk were declared deceased at the location, whereas Scandridge passed away later that morning at a medical facility. The collision took place around 2:45 a.M. On August 6th at the crossing of Greenhouse Road and Towne Lake Parkway in Cypress. At this intersection, there are stop signs on all four sides and the designated speed limit is 40 mph, as stated by Thiessen.

According to court records, during the crash, there was an 8-year-old child present in the Escalade. Gonzalez stated that the child remained unharmed. Rivera, along with another adult woman who was also inside the SUV, were transported to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Thiessen filed a court motion last week, requesting toxicology reports for the three men who died. The reports would show the blood-alcohol content allegedly taken from a blood sample of Rivera, who allegedly had a blood-alcohol content of .136, nearly twice the legal limit in Texas.

Rivera’s bond was originally set at a total of $200,000 – $175,000 for each charge of being released from jail on Monday and posting bond. However, it was subsequently lowered by a magistrate judge.

As part of Rivera’s court-ordered release conditions, he must wear an alcohol monitoring device as well as a GPS monitoring device. He is also required to observe a daily curfew between 7 am and 7 pm. Additionally, he cannot drive any vehicle without permission from the court, and the vehicle he drives must be equipped with a camera for deep-lung breath analysis.