Husband, wife killed by suspected drunk driver on Highway 6


by By Kevin Reece / 11 News

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 23 at 5:19 PM

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Dec. 26, 2008

HOUSTON-Tragedy struck a local family early Friday morning when a couple was killed by a suspected drunk driver.

"You go to sleep after having a wonderful Christmas Day, then get a call at 6 a.m. from the medical examiner, telling me that my daughter and her husband were killed," Ron Harris said.

Harris' daughter, 30-year-old Christy Bordelon, had gone to pick her husband up and bring him home safely from a bar around 12:30 a.m.

They were on their way home, driving through the intersection of Highway 6 and Longenbaugh, when they were broadsided by a Ford pickup truck.

The truck, driven by Ineka Marble, 24, had run a red light.

Police believe Marble was intoxicated.

"Paramedics who transported the female to Hermann Hospital did smell alcohol on her breath," Harris County Sergeant S. Wolverton said.

"You never expect it. There's no way anything can prepare you for this," Harris said.

But in Harris County, it happens more than anywhere else. Alcohol-related crashes are declining all over the country - except here.

Alcohol is involved in almost 45 percent of all crashes in Harris County.

"We're working as hard as we can, law enforcement is working. But if the community doesn't get behind it, we're gonna have a problem," Andrea Schmauss of MADD said.

"They loved each other. They loved their family. They had true friends," Harris said. "We talked to a friend who is a volunteer fireman. One of the people from his station was first on scene and said that both Kevin and Christie were dead when he arrived. They were still holding each other's hands."

But now Kevin and Christy Bordelon are gone, and another local family is left to wonder why.

"I hope we can get the message out if you're drinking, don't drive. It's such a terrible shame to hurt people that you don't know and have a full life to live," Harris said.

At last check, Marble was still in critical condition at Memorial Hermann.

The results of her blood alcohol tests have not been released.

But if she survives, police said she'll face two counts of intoxicated vehicular manslaughter.