New mugshot shows woman accused of driving drunk in crash that killed pedestrian in Montrose

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Mugshot shows woman accused of driving drunk in deadly Montrose crash
The 32-year-old appears to be wearing a hospital gown and a sling in her mugshot. She was hospitalized following the crash until she was booked into jail on Monday.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A new mugshot released by Houston police shows the 32-year-old driver accused of hitting and killing a man who was on a first date in Montrose.

Kristina Chambers is charged with intoxication manslaughter.

According to court documents, her blood alcohol content level was four times the legal limit when she hit the victim, identified as 33-year-old Joseph McMullin.

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Chambers appears to be wearing a hospital gown and a sling in her mugshot. She had been hospitalized following the crash until she was booked into the Harris County jail on Monday.

The crash happened on Wednesday, April 19 at about 2:30 a.m. at 1200 Westheimer Road in front of a Voodoo Doughnut shop in Montrose.

Police said Chambers may have been driving around 100 miles an hour in a blue Porsche 911 Carrera before the crash.

Video officers saw of the crash apparently showed the woman behind the wheel of the Porsche going so fast, she couldn't navigate the curve on Westheimer, which led her to hit the curb and then McMullin, who was with his date.

"We had gone to karaoke at AvantGarden. When we got out, the taco truck was closed, but he knew Voodoo would be opened," Briana Iturrino, the woman on the date, said. "He asked if I wanted to take my car. I said, 'Well it's not that far, we can walk. Fresh air.'"

The couple had just left the doughnut shop and were on the sidewalk when Iturrino said she saw the Porsche coming at them very fast. She told police she saw a flash and then tried to find McMullin.

"I felt something graze my hip. I don't know whether it was the car grazing my hip, or Joe's foot as he flew by. Immediately, I was like, 'Where's Joe?'" Iturrino recalled.

Iturrino said she got on the phone with 911, and the dispatcher asked her to perform CPR until paramedics arrived.

McMullin died at the scene.

"He really loved music. It was one of the things we bonded over," Iturrino said of her date.

She said their first date was actually supposed to be on Friday, but the man knew there would be a karaoke event on Tuesday and knew she liked to sing.

"He said he wouldn't sing, but he wanted to hear me sing," Iturrino said.

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The woman on the date said they weren't supposed to go out until Friday, but the man knew she liked to sing so he took her to a karaoke event on Tuesday.

Police said the car slammed into the man then continued for a short distance before running into a utility pole in a nearby parking lot.

There were three people in the Porsche including Chambers. Another woman was in the front passenger seat and a man in the backseat.

The two women were stable, and the man was unconscious when first responders took him from the scene.

Police said Chambers showed signs of impairment after the crash.

A witness who works at a bar nearby was at the scene and said he has seen his fair share of car accidents in this area.

"It's hard to see someone out on a date, and this happens. We went back inside and called our families and told them we loved them," he said.

Iturrino said McMullin was getting his master's degree in supply chain management.

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Police said the alleged drunk driver may have been going about 100 miles an hour when she fatally struck the man, who had just gone on a first date at the donut shop.

"I know he loved his family. He said he spent the weekend with them in Galveston. He was so sweet. He smiled throughout the entire date. He didn't deserve to go like that. He didn't deserve to go at all," she added.