5 killed in crash involving wrong-way driver on N. Sam Houston Tollway


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on June 30, 2014 at 5:32 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 30 at 5:28 PM

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -- At least five people, including four adults and one child, were killed when they were struck by a driver going the wrong way, deputies said.

A medical helicopter took a sixth person to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

It happened late Sunday in the westbound lanes of North Sam Houston Tollway near Wilson Road.

Deputies said the driver of a flat bed pickup got onto the tollway heading eastbound in the westbound lanes. He then struck a Ford F-150.

The offending driver was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Officials later identified the suspect as Efraim Carmona. He has been charged with five counts of intoxication manslaughter and 1 count of intoxication assault.

"The driver of the truck is now at Ben Taub Hospital," said Lt. Quincy Whitaker with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "We're still under investigation with him and working with the D.A.'s office."

Carmona was driving his work truck at the time of the wreck.

“He was driving his hot shot truck, town to town, state to state, he’s a good person and I can’t imagine something like this happening,” said Carmona’s neighbor Kathy, who did not provide her last name.

Criminal records show Carmona was arrested in 1999 on charges of burglary of a habitation.