HOUSTON— HOUSTON – Intoxication manslaughter charges have been filed against a man who lost control of a speeding pickup truck, then struck and killed another man who was pumping air into his tires at a gas station in April 2013.
Graye Coody was indicted by a Harris County Grand Jury last week for causing the death of Charles Garley, who was killed at a Shell gas station on Aldine Mail Route and the Eastex Freeway on a Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities said Coody was driving a red Ford F-150 pickup truck around 2:10 p.m. that day when he exited the highway at a high rate of speed.
A passenger, who was begging Coody to stop, grabbed the steering wheel and swerved it to the right in order to avoid striking other vehicles that were stopped on the service road.
That is when the Ford drove off the east side of the roadway, hopped a curb, took out several poles and crashed into a coin-operated air pump machine and a Dodge Charger. The Dodge then rotated clockwise and struck Garley, who was pumping air into one of its tires. The 38-year-old husband and father died instantly.
Garley’s wife, who was inside the Dodge at the time of the crash, and the pickup truck passenger were both transported to local hospitals in stable condition.
Coody remains in jail on a $60,000 bond.