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A Texas man allegedly took a boozy drive on a freeway that ended in a fatal wreck that claimed the lives of his girlfriend and two other passengers in Houston earlier this week.
Camilo Morejon, 47, was captured in a Facebook Live video Sunday allegedly drinking and driving shortly before the fatal crash, which left three dead, and two seriously injured, including himself, county authorities said.
Seated behind the wheel of a Honda Accord, Morejon can allegedly be seen in the footage — shot by his girlfriend, Leosveyka González — tipping back a bottle of Corona as he speeds down the Houston freeway. He appears to brag in Spanish about how he is a better driver when he’s intoxicated.
"I drive better drunk — look," Morejon allegedly says while taking a swig.
The video was uploaded to Facebook at 7:47 a.m. Approximately six minutes later, the 47-year-old’s Honda collided with a Ford pickup truck attempting to make a left turn at an intersection near Jersey Village, a suburb about 20 miles northwest of Houston.
The truck’s driver, identified as 45-year-old Pedro Hernandez-Martinez, failed to yield, according to Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
“The truck attempted to turn left into a business on the north side of the roadway immediately east of the intersection,” Senior Deputy Thomas Gilliland told Oxygen.com. “The Honda was speeding over the limit and the driver may have been intoxicated causing the front of Honda to strike the right passenger side of the truck.”
Morejon was traveling in excess of 80 miles per hour when he struck the Ford, Gilliland said. He explained that Morejon’s Honda Accord slid underneath the pick-up truck.
All three passengers in Morejon’s car died, authorities said. González, his girlfriend, and backseat passengers Massel Rodriguez Tamayo, 32, and Ricardo Rodriguez Tamayo, 40, were all pronounced dead at the scene. At least two of the victims weren’t wearing seatbelts.
Morejon, who survived the wreck, was rushed to hospital in critical condition. The driver of the Ford, who also wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from his truck during the crash.
Investigators said that alcohol was a “factor” in the deadly crash.
“We’re committed to reducing drunk-driving tragedies and educating Harris County residents about the dangers of drinking and driving,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told Oxygen.com. “Every single injury and death caused by drunk driving is preventable.”
Morejon was charged with three counts of intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle and one count of intoxicated assault with a vehicle, according to court records obtained by Oxygen.com.
“We believe there are probably three or four bars that are around the area we believe they were and we are in the process today of going to those locations determining which ones were contributing factors to this crash,” Harris County prosecutor Sean Teare told KPRC-TV.
Teare described the accident as “horrific.” Morejon could face up to 80 years in prison if found guilty, the outlet reported. His charges could also be upgraded if the truck driver, Hernandez-Martinez, doesn’t survive. Hernandez-Martinez remains hospitalized in critical condition.
Morejon is being held on a $275,000 bond at a Harris County detention center, jail records show. His next court date is scheduled for Nov. 5.
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