'Swangin' crash kills 15-year-old female passenger; driver charged

By Joel Eisenbaum - Investigative Reporter, Courtney Zavala - Houston Life host

HOUSTON - A teenage girl was killed Sunday night after deputies said she was ejected from a car in a crash linked to "swangin."

"Swangin" is a term used to describe a car that is swerving in and out of multiple lanes of traffic on a roadway.

Deputies said the drivers of a blue Honda Civic and another car were "swangin" as they drove south in the 10600 block of Airline Road in the Greenspoint area.

Harris County deputies said the 18-year-old Honda driver, Roberto Reyes Jr., lost control and swerved off the road. The car slammed into a fence and then rolled over.

Fernanda Macias, 15, was ejected from the car and died at the scene.

"She was a great girl, she was nice, she was cool, she was talented she used sing did a lot of things," Edyk Ventura, friend said.

Ventura said the group of teens had said they planned to attend a weekly event called "Slab Sunday." Venutra said the event was akin to a car show.

"Everyone just checks out everyone's ride," Ventura said.

On a Facebook page linked to the event, some memorialized Macias, who was known to her friends as "Shorty."

Ramon Perdomo had two sons inside the Honda Civic that crashed. He visited the scene of the crash Monday.

"One of them is out of the hospital now, one of them is still in Ben Taub with a gash in his head," Perdomo said through a translator.

Investigators said the driver, Reyes failed field sobriety tests, and officers took him into custody.

He has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.  He also did not have a license.

Deputies at the scene reported that a marijuana pipe and scale were found in the vehicle.

Three others who were in the car with Reyes and Macias sustained non-life threatening injuries.

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