Driver charged with intoxication manslaughter in road rage crash that killed innocent man

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Police have charged a 22-year-old man in the road rage crash that killed an innocent man who was on his way to a job with his co-workers.

Luis Gaspar has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after he consented to having his blood drawn.

The three-vehicle crash that Gaspar was involved in happened at the intersection of the I-45 feeder and Airline in north Houston around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

He appeared in court on Tuesday, where more details came out about what led up to the deadly crash.

According to court documents, Gaspar told police that he and a man in a silver Chrysler 300 bumped shoulders and got into an argument at a club inside a flea market.

Gaspar says he then left. He stated that he and his cousin later noticed the same man from the club following him in the Chrysler.

Gaspar claims that he was on Airline trying to get away from the Chrysler's driver and let him pass him.

He says that he saw the Chrysler run the red light at the intersection. The Chrysler was then hit by a van carrying four men headed to work at a construction site.

Authorities say the workers' van, which was on the service road, had the right-of-way as it prepared to make a left turn.
Gaspar, who was also driving a van, then hit the workers' van, officials say. A front passenger in the workers' van died.

The crash shut down the intersection for hours, but it later reopened.

Six people were transported to three different hospitals.

The driver of the workers' van suffered minor injuries. Another person had possible injuries to his liver.

Gaspar was taken to Houston Northwest Medical Center, where police spoke to him.

An officer said he smelled alcohol on Gaspar's breath. Gaspar also spoke with slurred speech and had red, glassy eyes.

Court documents say he admitted to drinking four beers at Mambo's and the flea market.

Gaspar's bond was set at $40,000.

He must have an ignition interlock installed in his vehicle and stay away from drugs and alcohol.

He has a prior driving while intoxicated conviction from 2016.

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