Man accused of driving wrong way charged after man killed, passenger hospitalized in crash
HOUSTON – A man was killed and his passenger injured after a wrong-way driver crashed into their vehicle near downtown.
Police said the accident happened around 2:20 a.m. Monday on I-45 southbound just south of I-10.
A man, identified as Juan David Almanza, 36, drove a white pickup and entered the Gulf Freeway going northbound in the southbound lanes when he hit an oncoming white Mustang, authorities said.
Police said the man driving the Mustang was killed in the crash and the woman riding with him was transported to a hospital with serious injuries.
Their identities have not been released.
All southbound lanes of the Gulf Freeway were shut down until around 6:30 a.m., causing some traffic issues for early commuters.
Officers said Almanza was intoxicated at the time of the crash and faces a charge of intoxication manslaughter.
It was the third deadly wrong-way crash this weekend.
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