HOUSTON – A 20-year-old Houston man has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in a fatal crash on FM 1942.
Deputies say Tyler Dale Honeycutt was under the influence of alcohol, painkillers and marijuana when he crashed head-on into a motorcycle, killing Larry Ferguson.
The first Harris County deputy arrived at the scene of the crash around 8 p.m. on February 23, 2012.
The deputy said he saw a Chevy pickup with front-end damage and a motorcycle with front-end damage.
He also saw a body – later identified as Ferguson -- lying in a nearby ditch.
A witness told deputies he was driving in the eastbound lanes, behind the motorcycle, when he saw the pickup swerve from the westbound lanes into the eastbound lanes and strike the bike head-on.
The impact threw the driver into the ditch, the witness said.
The driver of the truck -- later identified as Honeycutt -- was taken to the hospital, where he was interviewed by deputies.
Deputies said Honeycutt admitted to drinking a little before the crash, and said he’d taken some painkillers earlier in the day for root canal pain.
Toxicology reports said there were traces of alcohol, hydrocodone, carisoprodol and marijuana in Honeycutt’s blood after the crash.
Investigators said the combination of those drugs was enough to make Honeycutt intoxicated and unable to control his vehicle.
Charges were filed on April 11, 2012.