A driver is accused of fleeing from a “horrific” deadly wreck Sunday along the Southwest Freeway feeder, police say.
The man, who was not immediately identified, was later arrested at a nearby home after witnesses followed him there, according to Sean Teare, chief of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Division. He was charged with failing to stop and render aid and could face an intoxication manslaughter charge, Teare said.
Around 9:30 p.m., the Cadillac driver was southbound on the U.S. 59 feeder road as the Honda driver took the exit for Hillcroft, police said. As the Honda driver attempted to merge onto the feeder, the Cadillac driver slammed into the Honda’s rear bumper – sending it careening into a highway pillar.
The Honda split in half on impact, and the driver was ejected, Teare said.
The Cadillac driver initially stopped but did so on top of the ejected Honda driver. Witnesses told the driver that he was stopped on top of the victim, which is when he sped off, police said.
Paramedics pronounced the Honda driver dead on the roadway.
Teare called it a “horrific” crash and said evidence at the scene and at the nearby home where the driver was taken into custody indicate he might have been intoxicated. Police do not know if the driver died in the initial impact or as a result of the Cadillac driving over him.
“Whether or not this person could have been saved is immaterial,” Teare said. “If you’re involved in a crash like this, you stop. You make sure everyone involved has the attention they need.”
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