HOUSTON – Houston police are investigating a fatal crash after a woman was struck and killed by a driver who police said was intoxicated.
The incident happened on the inbound lanes on the I-10 Katy Freeway between Dairy Ashford Road and Kirkwood Road in west Houston. The crash closed all mainlanes of the highway, per Houston Transtar.
Police say at around 3 a.m., a white Toyota Camry carrying three women was parked on the shoulder of the highway when the driver, 29-year-old Ciandra Reed, got out of the vehicle to check on a sick passenger. Police say a white Hyundai Ascent, driven by Stanley Lewis II, 28, drove outside of the mainlanes and struck Reed on the backside of her vehicle.
Reed was pronounced dead at the scene. The two other women in her vehicle did not suffer any injuries, however, the passenger that was ill was transported to Ben Taub Hospital where she is in stable condition.
Adanah Davis, Reed’s aunt said their family is now grieving.
“She was a lot of fun,” Davis said. “Enjoyed life. Loved her family. She would go that extra mile for you. It was like a nightmare, you know, like somebody had just snatched the life from me. I just didn’t want to believe it.”
Lewis II suffered minor injuries and was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Katy, police say. He has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and is currently in jail, according to police.
During a court hearing on Monday, Lewis’ bond was set at $100,000.