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Wrong-way accident kills one person, driver allegedly drunk

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HOUSTON – Thursday morning, around 2 a.m., one person is dead after a flaming wrong-way accident occurred in southwest Houston.

The accident on South Main and Hiram Clarke, according to police the driver, age 19, was headed the wrong-way southbound on Highway 90. At this time there was a collision with another driver, both vehicles burst into flames, the other driver died, stated police.

The alleged suspect was able to escape from his vehicle but attempted to leave the scene and get into another car, stated authorities.

The surviving driver was taken into police custody and supposedly failed a number of sobriety tests, according to Sean Teare with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

Teare stated that the alleged suspect may have been drinking at an establishment before the crash. Currently, he is now facing charges of intoxication manslaughter and failing to stop and render aid, Teare added.

“This is one of the most selfish crimes out there, getting behind the wheel intoxicated,” Teare said. “It’s disheartening. It should be a wake-up call to the entire community. We’ve got to stop this.”

Currently the inbound lanes of Highway 90, just before the Hiram Clarke exit, are closed while officers continue to conduct their investigation.

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