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24-year-old man dead after suspected drunk driver runs red light

Posted on Sunday, February 6th, 2022 at 9:07 pm    

KATY, TX – A man who was reportedly just two classes away from getting his bachelor’s degree was killed in a crash after a suspected drunk driver ran a red light in Katy early this morning.

According to KTRK, the crash happened near Westgreen Boulevard and Franz Road at about 2:20 a.m., as the driver of a Mazda, 24-year-old Renzo Olano-Flores, was headed eastbound.

The driver of a 2017 Ford Fusion, identified as Ilianna Zepeda, reportedly then ran the red light at the intersection and crashed into the Mazda.

The impact caused Olano-Flores’s vehicle to overturn and land in a nearby parking lot.

He was taken to the hospital, where he was later declared deceased.

Zepeda reportedly walked away from the crash, then returned to the scene. She is said to have been showing signs of being under the influence at that time.

Official accounts show that Zepeda has a prior record of driving while under the influence in May of last year.

She is facing a charge of failing to stop and render aid at a fatal crash and intoxication manslaughter.

According to family members of Olano-Flores, he was only two classes away from graduating with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for Olano-Flores’s funeral expenses.

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