Two adults and an infant were killed last week and another four remain hospitalized following a tragic Houston car accident. The incident has been blamed on an intoxicated driver who police say has a long history of arrests.
According to Harris County police, the Houston car accident occurred when Gregory Smith, the driver of a silver SUV, ran through a red light while driving south on Antoine Drive at Beltway 8 and hit a black SUV and then a minivan. The minivan burst into flames, killing three of the four passengers. Smith has been charged with two counts of intoxication assault and three counts of intoxication manslaughter.
Fiery Houston Car Accident Results in Injuries and Fatalities
The intoxicated driver was traveling with a passenger in his silver SUV at the time of the Houston car accident, while the driver of the black SUV was alone in their car. The minivan that caught fire held a family of four, including an 11-year-old girl who was ejected from the vehicle at the time of the accident. The three remaining passengers were her mother, her grandmother, and her baby brother. All trapped in the car died there, despite the efforts of witnesses who attempted to extinguish the vehicle with fire extinguishers.
Speaking of the fatal Houston car accident, Sean Teare, chief of the Harris County District Attorney’s vehicular crimes division said, “If nothing else, this goes to show how terribly dangerous cars can be and when you have people that refuse to obey traffic signs.”
Another police spokesman said that Smith’s record is extensive, and includes having been arrested a few months ago for DUI while under the influence of PCP. He was out on a bond on that charge and also has faced a previous accusation of having assaulted a police officer. Witnesses who pulled Smith out of his vehicle reported that he was “incoherent” at the time of the accident.