Lubbock, Tex. – DUI confirmed as cause of 5 members of ‘Texas’ musical killed in auto wreck |

Five members of a popular summer musical production, including three West Texas A&M University theater students, have been killed in a car accident in the Texas Panhandle.

Four of the dead were dancers in the production of “Texas” — a musical that has been performed every summer at the Palo Duro Canyon State Park south of Amarillo for 48 years — while the fifth worked in the box office, according to Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation Executive Director Kris Miller.

Eric Harrison, 21, and Clinton Diaz, 20, were juniors and Andrew Duncan, 20, of Wichita Falls, was a senior at the school in Canyon, said Royal Brantley, director of West Texas A&M’s theater program.

“This has been devastating to our theater family,” Brantley said.

The five were returning from an end-of-the-year party Monday night when the accident occurred, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Christopher Ray said. Diaz, the driver, disregarded a stop sign and as the vehicle was attempting to turn onto U.S. 287 near Dumas, about 40 miles north of Amarillo, when it pulled in front of a southbound 18-wheeler and was hit broadside on the passenger’s side, a news release late Tuesday said.

The 18-wheeler’s load came off the trailer and came to rest on top of the car’s driver side, the release said.

Alcohol has been confirmed as a factor in accident, Ray said.  The toxicology report on Clinton Diaz showed that he had a blood-alcohol level of .165 percent.  All five were pronounced dead at the scene.

Amanda Starz, 20, of Timonium, Md., and Julian Arredondo, 24, of Haltom were also killed in the wreck, Ray said.

via 5 members of ‘Texas’ musical killed in auto wreck | Houston.

Harris County, Tex. – Suspected drunk driver runs red light, causes fatal crash |

Deputies say a suspected drunken driver ran a red light Saturday night in northwest Harris County and caused an accident that ejected and killed one of his passengers.

It happened around 8pm in the 15000 block of West Little York near Addicks Satsuma.

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Jose Garcia was driving a white Dodge pickup truck westbound on West Little York when he ran a red light and entered the path of a gray Lexus SUV.

The SUV slammed into the left side of Garcia’s truck, officials said. The truck flipped and a man inside — identified by HCSO as Chase Grbic — was ejected. Grbic was rushed to North Cypress Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Deputies said Garcia and another passenger were not injured. Garcia reportedly showed signs of impairment, and he was charged with intoxication manslaughter.

via Deputies: Suspected drunk driver runs red light, causes fatal crash in northwest Harris County |

El Paso – Woman killed, soldiers injured in crash |

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A suspected drunk driver allegedly killed 20-year-old Leeza Lugo in Northeast El Paso.

Police said 22-year-old Jacob McGuire was behind the wheel of a Dodge Ram when he lost control and hit the concrete barrier on Loop 375 and Railroad just before 3 a.m. Saturday.

The impact caused the pickup truck to overturn.

Lugo, from Anthony, Texas was ejected from the truck and died at the scene.

Paramedics took McGuire and three other passengers to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police have charged McGuire with intoxicated manslaughter.

via Woman killed, Fort Bliss soldiers injured in Northeast crash | KDBC | Local 4 News, updated with other web sources like

Amarillo – Man arrested for intoxicated manslaughter after 1 car – 2 train crash kills toddler |

On Sunday APD arrested 38-year-old Edgar Rangel on an intoxicated manslaughter warrant after he was released from a local hospital where he was being treated for injuries he received in a truck v. train collision.

Rangel’s charges stem from the August 10, 2013 truck v. train wreck where a 4-year-old boy was killed.

According to APD, Rangel was driving a Dodge 1500 when it was struck by two separate trains in the 600 block of north Eastern. A 4-year-old male was the only passenger and the truck was towing a horse trailer with a single horse inside.

APD said the boy was ejected from the vehicle after it was struck by the train. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries he received in the collision.

Alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to APD.

Rangel was arrested for intoxicated manslaughter and was booked into Potter County Correction Center.

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San Antonio – Suspected DWI driver charged with killing pedestrian while fleeing crash |

A suspected drunk driver was behind bars Monday on suspicion that he caused a fatal collision while fleeing the scene of another wreck Saturday night.

According to a crash report, Jose Hernandez, 56, was fleeing from the first wreck heading south on General McMullen Drive when he crashed into a pedestrian crossing Wallace.

The pedestrian, Gilbert Ramos, 25, was pronounced dead at the location, and Hernandez was subsequently arrested.

He appeared to be intoxicated and had been speeding, the report says. Details about the first wreck were not available early Monday, but it did not appear as though anyone was critically injured.

Hernandez was charged with intoxication manslaughter and remained behind bars on Monday in lieu of $35,000 bail.

via Police: DWI driver killed pedestrian while fleeing crash – San Antonio Express-News.

Houston – Charges filed against teen suspect in deadly DWI wreck |

Charges have been filed against a man accused of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated and causing a deadly wreck in northeast Houston.

Adrian Samarron, 19, is charged with intoxication manslaughter and accident involving injury in connection to the Monday evening wreck.

Authorities say, Samarron was driving a black Nissan Frontier pickup truck when he ran a stop sign in the 10000 block of Friendly and collided with a gray Toyota Corolla.

The driver of the Corolla, a 46-year-old man, died at the scene. His name has not yet been released.

Samarron and a passenger tried running from the scene, but they were caught by officers.

via Charges filed against suspect in deadly DWI wreck in northeast Houston |

Keystone, Iowa – 2 Adults, Toddler Killed in Crash; Driver Arrested |

Raul Salazar, Jr. faces 3 counts of homicide by vehicle

Raul Salazar, Jr.

Three people were killed on Saturday night near Keystone after, investigators say, a truck ran through a stop sign and hit the three people in a car on U.S. 30.

The Benton County Sheriff’s office says Raul Salazar Jr., 39, of Bushland, Tex., was driving a GMC truck on 16th Avenue, heading north towards U.S. 30 at about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Their investigation shows Salazar did not stop at the highway and hit a Chevrolet Impala carrying three people.

Valerie A. Schneiders, 22, Jason C. Bessert, 24, and Haley R. Bessert, 3, all of Cedar Rapids, died at the scene of the crash around 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Highway 30 at 16th Avenue, three miles south of Keystone.

Law enforcement officers arrested Salazar and charged him with three counts of homicide by vehicle, preventing apprehension and OWI. Salazar is in the Benton County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

via 2 Adults, Toddler Killed in Benton Co. Crash; Driver Arrested on OWI | KCRG-TV9 | Cedar Rapids, Iowa News, Sports, and Weather | Local News.