Houston man charged in Japan car crash

July 20, 2012 12:11:51 PM PDT
A 24-year-old suburban Houston man has been charged for his alleged role in a 2008 car crash in Japan that killed his teenage passenger.

James Lewis Yeakey of Spring is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He turned himself in Friday pending arraignment in Houston. Yeakey in March 2008 was overseas because his father was in the U.S. Navy and stationed abroad.

Authorities say Yeakey was speeding and caused an accident in Okinawa, Japan. A 16-year-old riding in the passenger's seat died in the accident. Testing later showed Yeakey had been drinking at the time of the wreck.

He faces up to eight years in prison if convicted.

Online court records show Yeakey does not have an attorney. He did not have a listed phone number in the Houston area.