Man charged in crash after woman exits moving vehicle on North Freeway, leading to her death, police say

Jorge Velasquez Torres, 23, is charged with driving while intoxicated. (KPRC)

HOUSTON – Charges have been filed against a 23-year-old man who was driving a vehicle that a woman, somehow, managed to climb out of as it was traveling on the North Freeway Sunday night. That action led to the woman’s death, according to Houston police.

Jorge Velasquez Torres is charged with driving while intoxicated. 

According to Houston police, Velasquez Torres told investigators that he and a female friend met up and were drinking in a bar. The two left the bar and Torres began driving the woman home in a blue Dodge Challenger. 

Velasquez Torres said, as he was traveling at posted speeds northbound in the 3000 block of the North Freeway around 9:40 p.m., his friend got angry with him and attempted to exit the moving vehicle.

After multiple attempts, the woman managed to get out of the Challenger, landing on the main lanes of the freeway, police said. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.  

Velasquez Torres was detained, determined to be intoxicated and was subsequently charged for his role in the crash.  

The identity of the deceased female, 25, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.