Teen charged in wreck that killed friend on Houston's south side

July 30, 2013 10:43:18 AM PDT
A 19-year-old man accused of driving drunk and killing a friend is now charged in his friend's death.

Police say George Marion was drunk when he lost control of his car and crashed into a bayou over the weekend.

Marion walked into court with his head down this morning. His family and friends wiped away tears as the charges were read against him.

Prosecutors say around 3:15am Sunday, Marion was coming from a friend's house with his friend, Terrance Barnes, in the back seat and Brian Nunez in the front seat.

Court records say Marion was speeding, going about 70 miles per hour in the 9700 block of West Bellfort when he lost control, drove into a median, struck a pipe and flew across the bayou and into a culvert.

According to court records, Marion was able to get out of the car, but his front seat passenger was critically injured and his back seat passenger died at the scene.

"The back seat passenger was the passenger who ended up passing away at the scene," said Janna Oswald with the Harris County DA's Office. "The front seat passenger was transported and ended up having spinal fractures, facial fractures, broken arms and rib bones."

"No one's pointing fingers," said family member Bonnie Cleven. "The mother of the child in the hospital, they understand. It could have been any one of the kids driving. It's very tragic."

Prosecutors say Marion originally told police that he had not been drinking and he was only going 30 miles per hour and lost control because of another vehicle. Court records show that a witness told police otherwise and Marion later admitted to drinking. He was also found to have marijuana in his system.

Marion doesn't have any prior convictions. But he's now charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. His bond is set at $60,000.

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