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Driver accused of killing Lyft passenger admitted to taking tequila shots, DA says

Two people involved in this accident have been charged with intoxication.

HOUSTON — A man accused of crashing into a Lyft driver Friday morning admitted to having several shots of tequila before the deadly crash, according to the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

At about 1 a.m., 21-year-old Erik De Leon slammed into a car, killing Lyft passenger Dr. Billy Satterfield and injuring the driver, according to police.

It happened at Galveston Road near Pineloch., less than five minutes from Satterfield’s home.

We spoke off camera to his visibly-shaken father who said his son deserved more out of life than to have it be cut short by a drunk driver.

Dr. Satterfield had been an employee at the University of Houston-Clear Lake until last year, but they offered this statement.

“Dr. Satterfield helped shape and strengthen the services provided by University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Financial Aid Office and the Registrar’s Office during the university’s transition to a 4-year university. UHCL offers condolences to Dr. Satterfield’s family, friends and all who knew and loved him.”

Police said De Leon was intoxicated at the time of the crash and even told officers he had been drinking at a nearby bar.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Vehicular Crimes Division say they’ve been investigating two bars they believe could have over-served De Leon.

“If you’re going to take the responsibility of selling or serving alcohol then you have to do it safely and legally. If you don’t, we will find you and we will arrest you,” said Sean Teare, Chief of the Vehicular Crimes Division.

Investigators are going through the security footage, receipts and time cards at both bars, owned by the same company.

Prosecutors say they expect to have an answer by Monday, on if we any additional charges will be filed.

They say De Leon hit a truck that had stopped at the intersection, before driving through the intersection and hitting the Lyft car.

De Leon was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. He has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. 

The driver of a second truck, also involved in the crash, was not injured but was arrested and charged with DWI.  

He was identified as 32-year-old Jesse Mercado.

The investigation is ongoing.

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