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Suspect charged in connection to fatal DWI crash on US-59

Posted on Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 at 1:19 pm    

HOUSTON, TX – Houston police have charged the man responsible for a suspected DWI collision that left a 5-year-old dead and injured two other children injured on Saturday.

According to HPD, 30-year-old Paul Rodriguez was behind the wheel of a Honda Accord weaving in and out of traffic on the Southwest Freeway, near Chimney Rock Road.

Police say the Honda struck a semi-truck and continued speeding down the roadway. Moments later, Rodriguez veered to the right, where he hit a Mercedez-Benz and a box truck.

The force of the impact caused a 5-year-old passenger in the Honda to be ejected. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she died a short time later.

Rodriguez and two other male children were also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. He has since been released and charged with murder, intoxicated assault, and driving while intoxicated with a child under 15.

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