Wrong-Way Driver Kills One On Highway 90
Drivers under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medications are the number one cause of wrong-way crashes. Other potential causes of these deadly accidents are distracted driving, elderly or inexperienced drivers who become confused and poorly marked roadways, ramps and signs.
A wrong-way driver is being blamed for a fiery crash in southwest Houston on May 9th that has left one person dead. ABC13 in Houston reports that a 19-year-old driver was heading southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 90 when he crashed head-on with a northbound motorist.
Authorities say that the accident happened on South Main and Hiram Clarke at approximately 2:00 a.m. Both vehicles caught fire after impact. The driver of the northbound vehicle was trapped inside and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sean Teare with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement that the suspect driver managed to escape from his car and attempted to flee the scene and get into another vehicle. Police arrested the suspect after he was administered and failed field sobriety tests.
Teare also said that the suspect admitted to police that he had been drinking at a club located in the area of downtown Houston.
The suspect, whose identity has not been released, is currently facing the charge of intoxication manslaughter and failure to render aid after an accident. Employees and owners of the club may also be facing charges and additional liabilities through Texas dram shop law.