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One dead, several injured in 3-vehicle crash with suspected drunken driver on Gulf Freeway

Armando Vargas, 43, is charged with intoxication manslaughter following the incident that happened late Friday near Bellfort.
Credit: Houston Police Department

HOUSTON — An intoxicated driver is facing manslaughter charges in crash that left one person dead and at least three others injured on the Gulf Freeway near Bellfort Street.

Armando Vargas, 43, was charged following the crash that happened about 11:30 p.m. Friday. He's charged with intoxication manslaughter.

Houston firefighters and police arrived at the scene and found a black Chevrolet 1500 Sierra truck, was driven by Vargas, and a white Nissan Altima, driven by the deceased victim. 


Credit: KHOU
Credit: KHOU

Investigators said Vargas was in the far right lane of the freeway when he struck the Altima from behind, causing it to veer into the far left lane. The victim's vehicle was then struck again by a blue Chevrolet Cruze. 

Both drivers stopped. 

The Altima driver, who is a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Varga was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. He found to be intoxicated and was charged in the crash.

The driver and passenger in the third vehicle were also taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.


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