Authorities said the driver of the tractor-trailer was completely stopped on the inside shoulder of the highway around 8:40 p.m. near Mason Road.
Moments later, the driver of a Chevy Cruze veered into the same shoulder as the trailer before colliding into the back of it.
Witnesses said moments before the accident, they saw the driver of the Chevy swerving in and out of lanes while driving recklessly on the highway.
The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of a semi-truck was stopped completely in the inside shoulder. An adult male driving a Chevy Cruze failed to drive in a single lane multiple times, veered into the inside shoulder, and struck the the semi-trailer. The driver died and is suspected of being intoxicated. https://t.co/0HD5NiCM4L— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) July 3, 2021
Sgt. Ramon Gutierrez with the Harris County Sheriff's Office said it's possible the deceased driver could have been impaired at the time of the accident after witnesses reported his reckless driving.
Ahead of the holiday weekend, Gutierrez said he wants drivers to be responsible if they plan on drinking.
"Obviously, if you're going to drink, have a plan ahead," Gutierrez said. "And, don't drink and drive, cause we're going to have our hands full."
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