A 40-year-old man is dead following a Houston car accident that is being blamed on drunk driving. According to police on the scene, the accident was caused by a 19-year-old driver who was driving the wrong way on Highway 90 in southwest Houston after leaving a Houston nightclub. The young driver was apparently drunk, leaving the possibility that the club where he had been before the accident can also be held responsible for the tragedy.
The Houston car accident took place at 2:00 in the morning at the intersection of South Main and Hiram Clarke. The 19-year-old driver went the wrong way on the highway, driving directly into another vehicle. Both cars quickly burst into flame, and the 40-year-old driver of the other vehicle died in the conflagration.
Driver in Houston Car Accident Tries to Flee Scene
Nineteen-year-old Trevor Bergin, the wrong-way driver in the Houston car accident, apparently tried to flee the scene after causing the deadly crash. Witnesses say that rather than stopping and trying to render aid to the driver of the car that he struck with his Chevy Silverado, he climbed into a witness’ vehicle and attempted to steal it in order to flee the scene. The witness was able to stop him and brought him to police, who transported him to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.
After failing his sobriety tests, the 19-year-old was taken into custody. He told officers that he had been drinking at a club in downtown Houston. Speaking of the incident, Harris County District Attorney’s Office representative Sean Teare said, “This is one of the most selfish crimes out there, getting behind the wheel intoxicated. It’s disheartening. It should be a wake-up call to the entire community. We’ve got to stop this.”
In addition to charging the driver with intoxication manslaughter following the Houston car accident, the Houston District Attorney is likely to pursue charges against the nightclub that was serving alcohol to the underage driver. Houston has taken aggressive action against establishments for failing to guard against drivers leaving their clubs and getting behind the wheel while intoxicated and has been charging those establishments and their employees with negligence.