Charges pending against alleged drunk driver involved in fatal accident on Highway 249


It happened on Highway 249 at Boudreaux Road in far northwest Harris County. The fatal collision had blocked the busy interchange for nearly six hours.

At 4am Thursday, two vehicles -- a Toyota Celica and a Kia sedan -- both had a green light when a pickup truck, that witnesses said had already blown through one red light, was allegedly speeding down Highway 249 at up to 80 miles an hour. Moments later, deputies say the pickup rear-ended the Kia, which in turn struck the Toyota.

The driver of the Kia was killed. She has been identified as April Herrigan.

Two people inside the Toyota were injured. The driver was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital, while a passenger was taken to Tomball Regional Hospital. They had non-life threatening injuries.

The 22-year-old driver of the pickup, identified as Amanda Woods, suffered a broken wrist and she is in custody.

"(She) has told us that she works at a bar, that she did have a few drinks tonight. We did some field sobriety tests and we did find her to be intoxicated. At this time, she is in custody for intoxication manslaughter," said Sgt. S. A. Wolverton with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Woods is charged with one count of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault. Bond is set at a total of $90,000.

She was arrested five years ago for evading arrest.

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