One man is dead and three others are injured after a three-vehicle crash in Harris County, TX. The crash occurred on Monday, April 2, around 9:30 p.m.
Details About the 3-Vehicle Crash
According to investigators, on April 2, a three-vehicle crash occurred in the 1800 block of Fry Road around 9:30 p.m.
Investigators stated that a 17-year-old driver and two other juvenile passengers were traveling in a silver Hyundai Sonata headed south in the second lane of Fry Road. Around the same time, the driver of a Honda Odyssey was exiting the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant and attempted to turn left onto Fry Road.
The Hyundai Sonata struck the Honda Odyssey at a high rate of speed on the driver’s side. The impact caused the vehicle to spin multiple times into oncoming traffic. Once the Honda Odyssey entered oncoming traffic, a blue Dodge Challenger traveling north in the third lane of Fry Road struck the Odyssey from behind.
EMS arrived on the scene shortly after the crash occurred. They found the driver of the Honda Odyssey pinned inside his vehicle and pronounced him dead at the scene. The driver of the Dodge Challenger was not injured in the crash and was released from the scene shortly after the crash occurred. The 17-year-old driver of the Hyundai Sonata along with his two passengers were taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition.
Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies evaluated the 17-year-old driver of the Odyssey and found that he showed signs of intoxication. He was arrested and booked for driving while intoxicated.
The Vehicular Crimes Division of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating this crash.
The Effects of Alcohol on a Driver
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 28 people die every day due to drunk-driving crashes. Unfortunately, all of these deaths could have been prevented if drivers chose to make the responsible decision after drinking.
Many drivers seem to downplay the effects that alcohol has on them, or have a lot of confidence in their ability to operate while under the influence. While alcohol can affect everyone differently, there are common effects that it has on drivers:
- Impaired vision
- Loss of coordination
- Slower reaction time
- Poor decision-making skills
- Reduced concentration
- A feeling of drowsiness or relaxation
A person who chooses to drink alcohol should not get behind the wheel of any vehicle. Drivers must make the responsible decision and find other ride arrangements if they are drinking.
Find a trusted friend who will take your keys for the night or arrange for a ride-share service to take you home. Taking these steps can ensure that you are safe for the night and have no need to get behind the wheel. Doing this can keep you and others safe on the road.