Drunk Driving Suspected in Northwest Houston Crash that Left 3 Dead, 2 Injured
Law enforcement officials are trying to determine if drunk driving contributed to a fatal car crash that tragically killed three and left two others injured in northwest Houston on Sunday.
Honda Accord Was Traveling Along FM 529 at High Rate of Speed
The October 25th accident occurred around 8:00 a.m.in the 12230 block of FM 529 at the Fairview intersection. According to the Harris County Sherriff’s Department, a silver Honda Accord carrying four occupants was traveling at high speed just before being struck by a black Ford F-150 pickup truck turning into a gas station.
Paramedics transferred the Honda driver to the hospital, where he was last listed in serious condition. All three of his passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the pickup truck was ejected from the vehicle and hospitalized in critical condition.
“We had an individual who was simply trying to turn into a gas station, and we have another car, which we believe was traveling at a high rate of speed, crashes into him. (He) kills three people in his own car and is going to potentially kill the driver of that truck,” Sean Teare the Chief of Harris County District Attorney’s office vehicular crimes division told Click2Houston.com
Criminal Charges Likely Against Honda Accord Driver
So far, none of the crash victims have been identified. Authorities later discovered that the Honda driver was intoxicated.
“Within the next day, I anticipate us filing three intoxication manslaughter charges against the driver of that silver Honda and one intoxication assault for the driver of the truck,” Teare said.
That individual could also face an additional charge of intoxication manslaughter if the pickup driver does not survive his injuries.
Houston Drunk Driving Accidents
The Houston Metro Region sees an average of 5,000 impaired driving crashes every year. Motorists under the influence of drugs and alcohol also caused more than 3,000 fatal accidents across the Metro Region between 2001 and 2016, making Houston the worst city in the country for impaired driving.
Although the recent coronavirus shutdown has led to a decrease in traffic volume, authorities in Houston and across the United States have observed an uptick in speeding and other reckless behaviors. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is projecting that the rate of deaths per 100 million vehicle miles driven will actually increase to 1.25 in the first half of 2020, up from 1.06 in the same period in 2019.
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