Man charged with felony murder after fourth DWI ends in fatal crash, deputies say

CHAMPIONS POINT, Texas – A man with four DWIs has been charged in connection with a fatal crash in northwest Harris County.

The incident happened around 7:45 p.m. Sunday on Bammel North Houston Road and Champion Forest Drive in the Champions Point area, deputies said.

A man identified as 57-year-old Jeffrey Davis was heading north on Bammel North Houston in a Ford F-150 when he failed to yield right of way at the intersection of Bammel and Champion Forest, deputies said.

Davis turned left to get onto Champion Forest and that is when he hit an oncoming driver, 20-year-old Eduardo Tovias, who was heading southbound on Bammel and had the right of way, authorities said.

20-year-old Eduardo Tovias was killed in a two-vehicle crash, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. (KPRC)

Tovias was pronounced dead at the scene. Davis was transported to a hospital where he was treated for his injuries. Authorities said he was showing signs of intoxication.

This is Davis’ fourth DWI and was charged with felony murder in connection with the crash.

Tovias was a welder by trade and that he was headed home before the fatal crash, according to family friends. They said Tovias was three miles from his home when he died.

“He was a big person, but so sweet. He was so good to his family and his friends,” Tovias’ Aunt said, who asked not to be identified by name.

“The most tragic and the scariest thing is individuals like (Davis),” said Sean Teare, with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. “This person is a fourth time DWI. The first DWI people you typically don’t see committing this tragic and this horrible of a crime. What we have here is somebody who has been convicted three times before of DWI (and) continues to do it, and this is always the final outcome.”

The district attorney’s office is investigating where Davis bought or was served alcohol.

“We are all tired of being out here and dealing with these kinds of things, so every person that helped get this individual this intoxicated is going to face charges,” Teare said.

Davis is facing a minimum of five years and a maximum of life in prison.

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