Fred Mueller, Christopher Norregaard: A Good Kid, a Good Firefighter Crash & the Pain Endures

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Fred Mueller was a promising Bellaire High student down in Galveston enjoying his first Mardi Gras.

He went off on a food run in his pick-up truck; when he got lost he made a u-turn on Seawall Boulevard. When he did his truck was smashed into by a motorcycle driven by Christopher Nooregard, a beloved longtime vet of the Jamaica Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

Initially, the cops said the accident was not Mueller's fault. Then they decided to press intoxicated manslaughter charges against him.

What followed was a tortuous nightmare crawl through the legal system that left bad feelings on all sides. Read this week's cover story, "A Wrong Turn," for the full tale.

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