1 critically injured when pickup plows into good Samaritans on side of road

HOUSTON – One woman was critically injured early Monday when a pickup plowed into a group of good Samaritans who had stopped to try and help a what they thought was a stranded driver in northwest Harris County.

The crash was reported about 12:45 a.m. on Barker Cypress Road near Coventry Park Drive.

According to Harris County deputies, three drivers stopped on the side of the road when they saw a damaged car on the side of the road. A fifth vehicle, a Toyota Tundra, tried to pass the vehicles but ended up hitting the three Good Samaritans who were out of their cars. All of the vehicles were in a lane of traffic since the road has no shoulder.

Two of the good Samaritans were taken to the hospital for treatment. A woman who was hit is in critical condition after she was thrown onto the hood of the Tundra and landed in a ditch.

Investigators said everyone who was stopped on the side of the road had their hazard lights activated. Fog was not a factor in this crash.

Deputies said the driver of the Tundra, later identified by authorities as 26-year-old Zachary Castro, admitted to being impaired. He was charged with three counts of intoxication assault.

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