Wrong way driver leads to 4-vehicle crash that killed 1 person, HCSO says

Fatal wrong way driver on Highway 249 (KPRC)

Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated a four-vehicle wreck that left one dead and injured several others.

The crash occurred at 11:43 p.m. on Highway 249 southbound at Seton Lake Drive in northwest Harris County.

On Saturday evening, Christopher Johnson, who HCSO investigators say he drove a black Dodge Journey, was traveling northbound on the southbound lanes on Highway 249, when they collided head-on with another vehicle, a gray Toyota Matrix, driven by Ricky Phillips. Johnson did not stop according to law enforcement.

Another vehicle, a gray Toyota Tundra, apparently tried to avoid Phillips but collided as it rotated. Johnson reportedly kept driving until it struck a second vehicle, a black Honda Accord, investigators say.

Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene, according to deputies.

Occupants inside both the Toyota Tundra and the Honda Accord did not suffer major injuries, HCSO says.

Deputies are investigating whether Johnson was intoxicated. He suffered serious injuries as a result of the wreck.

It was unclear if and what charges will be filed.

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