Suspected drunk driver accused of injuring Whitehouse students dies

Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:21 - Written by

The woman involved in a head-on crash involving students from Whitehouse ISD has died of her injuries.

The Harris County Medical Examiners office tells our news partners at CBS 19 that 52-year-old Joan Marie Novak died early Tuesday morning from multiple injuries suffered in the car crash April 13, 2014.

Investigators say Novak was driving the wrong way on Highway 59 in Wharton when she slammed head-on into a car carrying a Whitehouse ISD teacher and students.

Reports indicate Novak should have had a device in her car that kept her from driving under the influence. Novak was on bond for a previous DWI conviction and was supposed to have a device that would check her blood alcohol content installed in her car. Any trace of alcohol in her system would have prevented her from getting behind the wheel.

The teacher and two students had to be air-lifted to a Houston hospital with serious injuries.