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Eliselda Martinez, 22, and Allison Gallegos, 23, dead and another injured in early morning wrong-way crash on 610 North Loop in Houston, Texas; Tucker Raphe Sims, 31, charged with intoxication manslaughter and assault
Houston police said two other vehicles were able to swerve and avoid hitting the wrong-way driver. Officers warn that drivers need to stay alert when driving in the early morning hours.
"All crashes that involve wrong-way drivers, speed is compounded by two vehicles traveling at each other," said Sgt. J.R. Roberts. "It's worse than running into a brick wall.
Sims' past criminal history includes arrest and/ or convictions for theft by check, injury to a child under 15, assault of a family member/ bodily injury, interference with emergency telephone, criminal mischief and possession of marijuana.
"You just have to pay attention," Abad said. "You're not expecting that incoming traffic. But if you see those lights, do your best to try to avoid them. These people are usually intoxicated. They don't realize they're going the wrong way."
Three woman were in a car headed east on the 610 North Loop around 2:30 a.m. Monday when a suspected drunken driver was driving his Ford sedan west in the eastbound lanes. The wrong-way driver collided with the womens' vehicle head-on, killing two passengers, Eliselda Martinez, 22, and Allison Gallegos, and injuring the driver. The alleged drunk driver, Tucker Raphe Sims, 31, is charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault. Sims sustained minor injuries. We'll update this story as more information becomes available.