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One Dead in Suspected Drunk Driving Accident

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A Houston resident is dead following a suspected drunk driving accident at the intersection of West 43rd Street and Rosslyn Road around 11:00 pm Thursday.

Suspect Driver Was Fleeing from Another Accident

ABC-13 reports Samuel S. Johnson was fleeing from a different accident when the fatal crash occurred.

Preliminary police reports indicate Johnson was traveling down Ella Road when he rear-ended another vehicle. Johnson then sped away from the scene, traveling along West 43rd before running a red light and crashing into a black Chevy Tahoe.

The driver of the Tahoe, 40-year-old Chris Lopez, was transported to Northwest Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Lopez was on his way to work when the accident occurred.

Johnson was arrested on charges of DWI and failure to stop and give information.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,377 people were killed in auto accidents in 2013.
  • 767 of those deaths occurred at or in relation to intersections:
  • 1,089 deaths were linked to crashes involving at least one driver who was under the influence of alcohol.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents and 89,270 people sustained serious injuries.


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