Teen killed in major crash involving suspected drunk driver identified; 4 others injured, police say

GALVESTON, Texas – A 14-year-old teen was killed and four others were hurt in a major crash possibly caused by a suspected drunk driver in Galveston, according to police.

The crash occured at the intersection of 41st Street near Avenue O at around 6:30 p.m. near Ball High School.

According to Derek Gaspard with Galveston Police, a white Toyota SUV was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on Avenue O when it collided with a Jeep carrying five people traveling northbound on 41st Street.

One of the passengers, a 14-year-old teen, died at the scene. Police identified the victim as Mason Nelson of Galveston.

Four other passengers were transported to UTMB in Galveston. Two of the passengers injured remain in critical condition.

A passenger from the Toyota SUV was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

Investigators believe alcohol could be a contributing factor in the crash.

Police said officers arrested the driver of the Toyota SUV, 28-year-old Keith Braizer of Galveston. He is charged with felony murder.

On Saturday, Trinity Episcopal Church released the following statement regarding the incident:

Trinity Episcopal Church will be open today for our community to pray and gather. Church and school leaders will be available to talk and pray from 4 pm to 6pm.

Posted by Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday, September 3, 2022

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