According to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the fatal crash occurred on April 6 in the 8800 block of Interstate Highway 37. Police say Rene Ramos, 50, was traveling in the middle lane of the interstate when his Nissan Altima was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Grayson Salas.
The driver of the other vehicle was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of intoxication assault and possession of a control substance; however, following Ramos’s death, Salas’s charges were upgraded to include intoxication manslaughter.
Police noted eight yellow pills and three and a half white pills labeled “Xanax” were in Grayson’s possession. The yellow pills were determined to be Alprazolam, the generic form of Xanax.
Salas told police that he was traveling 85 mph in a 75 mph area when he changed lanes and was unable to slow down enough to avoid rear-ending Ramos’s Altima. Salas has not yet been indicted by a grand jury.
The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
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