HOUSTON - Three vehicles were involved in a deadly head-on collision on the north Beltway 8 early Sunday morning.
Camile Ermine Stanley, 27, has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter.
Houston Police said Stanley was driving the wrong way in a gray Nissan Altima in the eastbound lanes of the north Beltway near Bush Airport at 4:15 a.m. A tow truck driver said he narrowly missed her then saw the impact of the head-on collision in his rear view mirror at the Aldine Westfield overpass.
The Altima hit a white Ford Focus with two people inside head on. Then a silver Ford Fusion, driven by Freddie Ramirez, 19, crashed into the wreckage. He only suffered minor injuries and crawled out of his car to check for survivors.
“In the other car nobody responded so I’m pretty sure that whoever was in that car died like immediately after the impact,” said Ramirez of the first car hit. As of Monday morning Houston Police had not released the identities of the two people killed in the Focus.
“Yeah, I called out to them and nobody answered,” he said. The Focus then began to catch fire.
“We tried to put out the fire with some fire extinguishers but it didn’t do no good. It was a big fire after that.”
But Stanley was alive. Ramirez said he and another driver pulled her from her car, which had landed with its rear tires up on top of the concrete median.
Ramirez said his nose told him the rest.
“Just alcohol,” he said. “Yeah you could smell the odor of alcohol on her.”
Stanley was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, released with only minor injuries, and then taken to the Harris County Jail.
“Nobody in their right mind would say OK let me try to go up on the opposite ramp,” said Marcus Smith, who was among the drivers caught in the traffic tie-up with the eastbound lanes of the Beltway closed for six hours. “You know what I mean. In other words it’s almost like a sense of carelessness.”