One Killed, Two Injured in Wrong Way Drunk Driving Crash

by Terry Bryant

According to police, the wrong way driver had a blood alcohol level of 0.274% at the time of the crash.

April 7, 2019 – 3:00 am: One driver was killed in a wrong-way accident that took place early on Sunday morning. The driver of the wrong way vehicle, Jose Balderas, was seriously injured in the crash, while a passenger in his vehicle is currently in critical condition.

Balderas reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.274% at the time of the crash—over three times the legal limit. He faces one charge of intoxication manslaughter and may face additional charges.

The crash took place on Mount Houston Road in Harris County. Balderas was driving eastbound in his 2004 GMC Yukon XL when he crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a westbound Chevrolet Impala.

The driver of the Impala died at the scene of the accident. A passenger in the Yukon is in critical condition at Ben Taub Hospital. Balderas was taken to Houston Northwest Hospital with broken legs and a fractured back.

Balderas may face additional charges, depending on the fate of his passenger. The accident is still under investigation at the present time.

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