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Charges Worse Against DUI Driver After Good Samaritan Dies

Driving under the influence of alcohol has caused countless tragedies across the country, leaving people injured or worse. Impairment by alcohol or drugs not only risks the lives of those in the vehicle but of every other person who has the misfortune of being on the road at the same time.

The Houston Chronicle reports that an intoxicated driver that plowed into a group of Good Samaritans who were attempting to assist a stranded driver is now facing the upgraded charge of intoxicated manslaughter after one of the victims died.

The accident happened on Monday, January 27th, in the 5100 block of Barker Cypress at approximately 12:40 a.m. when Castro tried to drive his Toyota Tundra pickup truck around the stopped motorists on the right-hand side of the road. Castro allegedly struck at least two of the Good Samaritans, including the woman who died. The deceased was thrown up over the hood of Castro’s truck.

Harris County Sherriff Ed Gonzalez said in a statement that Zachary Castro, 26, is now facing the newer charge after a woman who was among the group of people attempting to help the stranded motorist was declared brain dead by doctors.

The initial charges against Castro were intoxication assault, but were later upgraded after the woman’s condition was determined by attending physicians. 

Authorities have not released the woman’s identity.

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