Driver charged in passenger's death

Miguel Antonio Padilla charged in Melissa Arias' death

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Miguel Antonio Padilla

HOUSTON - A driver has been charged in connection with a crash that killed his passenger.

Houston police said Miguel Antonio Padilla, 24, was speeding westbound in the 6300 block of West 43rd Street shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday.

Padilla lost control of his car, jumped a curb and then hit a concrete pillar under the Northwest Freeway, police said.

The rear-seat passenger, Melissa Arias, 20, died at the scene, investigators said.

Padilla was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter.

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