DA warns Spring Breakers against drunk driving after passenger killed in car crash near Westheimer

HOUSTON,Texas (KTRK) -- A car crash left a 50-year-old woman dead in west Houston Friday evening, according to police.

The 40-year-old driver of the Toyota Rav4 crashed into pillars killing her friend in the passenger seat around 7:15 p.m. near Westheimer, investigators say.

Investigators on scene said there is no indication that the driver tried to brake while leaving the street, before smashing into the pillars.

The driver was taken into surgery and is expected to survive.

The DA is determining whether the driver was intoxicated after witnesses say she exhibited behavior of intoxication. If that is the case, she will be charged with intoxication manslaughter.

Sean Teare of the Harris County DA's office said this the beginning of a "very, very deadly week to two weeks in Harris County."

Over Spring Break from 2021, there were 872 DUI and alcohol related crashes in Texas, according to TxDOT.

Out of those crashes 30 people died and 107 people suffered serious injuries.

Teare wants other drivers to think twice before getting behind the wheel and urges people to call ride sharing services or find a friend that isn't drinking.

"The message is that we're coming into Spring Break. Everyone from kindergarten, all the way through college. When you combine it (the crowd) with the rodeo and Patrick's Day coming up. This (will be) a very deadly week, to two weeks in Harris county. It's not something any of us look forward too. We know it's coming," said Teare.

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