Airborne car crashes into building, killing 2

March 22, 2010 12:15:37 PM PDT
Police are investigating a major accident on the southwest side overnight. Two people were killed when the vehicle they were went airborne and struck a building. It happened around 2am on Briarpark near West Office. Police say the driver of a black Dodge Neon was speeding north on Briarpark when he lost control and crashed.

Authorities say the vehicle was going so fast when it hit the median that it went airborne about 15 feet and clipped the top of an office building. The impact broke several windows. Investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what happened.

"At this point, just from looking at the scene and not really get into the deep investigation, it does appear he was travelling at a very high rate of speed," said Sgt. Sorge with the Houston Police Department.

There were five people in that car. A male, 38, and a female, 24, inside the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities haven't been released. The male driver, Yoan Batista-Martinez, 26, and two other male passengers in the vehicle were transported to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. They are listed in serious condition.

Batista-Martinez is charged with manslaughter. The identities of the deceased victims have not been released.

The building struck is a printing business and aside from the surface damage, the structure and operation manager said the building didn't suffer any structural damage.


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