HOUSTON — A 28-year-old man faces charges after two of his passengers were killed in a rollover crash on the Gulf Freeway early Friday.
Jose A. Ortega Vasquez is charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter, court records state. He remains hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries.
Houston TranStar reported that the crash occurred shortly after 1 a.m. at the exit for Almeda Genoa Road.
Police said Vasquez left his lane and struck a pole between the frontage road and the freeway’s main lanes. The vehicle then rolled down the median.
“Continued forward, struck a pole. That collision forced them through the guardrail. Car overturned. The driver was transported to the hospital non-life threatening injuries. The two occupants were pronounced dead at the scene,” HPD Sgt. Tim Trometer said.
Vasquez was sent to the Memorial Hermann Hospital, but his passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. Police said it was determined that Vasquez was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
A family member arrived and told KHOU 11 News that all three men involved in the wreck were in their 30s. The trio had reportedly just left a bar before getting on the freeway.
It is not clear if they were heading home or perhaps somewhere else.
The incident shutdown the freeway’s northbound lanes for more than five hours.
Relatives of the victims could do little more than console one another and look on in disbelief.