HOUSTON, TX -- A 23-year-old DWI suspect has been charged following a crash late Tuesday in southeast Houston that claimed a passenger's life, according to the Houston Police Department.
The wreck occurred in the 9100 block of the Gulf Freeway (South Interstate Highway 45) service road at around 11:40 p.m.
Investigators say the suspect was operating a silver Mazda M3S southbound on the service road when he took the ramp onto the freeway. He then tried to steer off the ramp and re-enter the service road, but the Mazda collided with a tree, as well as a utility pole and box.
A male passenger in the Mazda's rear seat was pronounced deceased at the scene by paramedics with the Houston Fire Department. His age and identity have not been disclosed at this time.
The front-seat passenger, an 18-year-old man, was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
The suspect, who was also taken to an area hospital for minor injuries, was found to have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. Upon his release from the hospital, he was transported to Harris County Jail. Charges filed against him in the 176th State District Court include intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.
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