Man charged with intoxication manslaughter in crash that killed 5-year-old boy

Man charged with intoxication manslaughter
Man charged with intoxication manslaughter

Police have released the mug shot of a man accused of driving drunk and causing an accident that killed a child.

The crash happened Sunday in Houston at approximately 2:30 a.m. in the 5900 block of Southwest Freeway, authorities said.

Police said a silver BMW and a maroon Nissan collided at the intersection of the Southwest Freeway service road and Fountain View Drive. The impact caused the Nissan to roll over. Investigators said they suspect the driver of the BMW, 26-year-old Sebastian Matta, ran a red light at the intersection and struck the Nissan, said Chuck Cornelius, an investigator with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Division.

A man and his young son, described by police as five years old, were the occupants in the Nissan. The child was severely injured in the crash and was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police said.

Cornelius said a group of citizens who witnessed the crash and stopped to assist detained the BMW driver, who had attempted to flee the scene on foot.

Police said Matta sustained some injuries in the crash and was also transported to an area hospital.

Investigators said Matta showed “obvious signs of intoxication” at the scene and will be charged with intoxication manslaughter. He may also be charged with intoxication assault and failure to stop and render aid.

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