HOUSTON –- Police said two of the drivers involved in a fatal early-morning crash were drunk behind the wheel.
The crash happened shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday in southeast Houston on Galveston Road at Edgebrook Drive, police said.
Officers with the Houston Police Department said the driver of a GMC Envoy went through a red light at a high rate of speed, striking a Honda Civic and an Isuzu Trooper in the intersection.
A female passenger in the Honda, who was in her 20s, died at the scene.
“I was really shocked at the moment,” said one witness. “My first instinct was to call 911. So that way, in case she was still alive, and I call 911, maybe she could have still been here.”
The witness told KHOU 11 News his cousin tried to pull the victim out of her car, but he just could not.
The Honda’s driver, a man, was sent to the hospital in serious condition. Police said a woman in the Isuzu was sent to the hospital with minor injuries.
When HPD officers arrived at the scene, they said they found the driver of the Envoy trying to walk away and hide in nearby bushes. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police said the man now faces intoxication manslaughter charges.
Police also said the driver of the Honda Civic was suspected of driving drunk, and he will be charged with a DWI.
One witness said the Envoy appeared to be chasing another car at the time of the crash, but police said they had no other information to confirm that.