Police say the teen was a passenger in a pickup truck when the driver lost control, hit a ditch and slammed into a tree and several mailboxes, ripping the truck apart.
The crash happened on Swiftwater near Randolph in southeast Houston.
The 17-year old died seconds after the crash. The male driver -- identified by police as 19-year-old Filiberto Vega -- was also injured and was hospitalized.
Investigators said Vega was intoxicated at the time of the crash, and he now faces an intoxication manslaughter charge.
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