Police in Houston have alleged that a man previously accused of kidnapping and attacking a woman at a cemetery in 2017 may have also been the cause of a recent multi-car crash in Houston that claimed two people’s lives.
Charles Glaze, 54, is said by police to have caused a fatal seven-car crash on the Grand Parkway. Glaze's Ford F-150 pickup truck crossed a median and careened into oncoming traffic, smashing into cars along the way.
Two individuals, mother Linda Fugitti and retired Marine Michael Brown, were killed in the wreck. Five others, including Glaze himself and Brown's wife, were injured.
Deputy Aric Albers with the Harris County Sheriff's Office described the scene as one of the worst accidents he has ever witnessed, local news outlet KHOU11 reports.
Glaze's mother confirmed that Glaze was in the hospital, and said that Glaze has suffered from seizures since a head injury in college, which may have been what caused the accident.
Investigators are now awaiting the results of blood tests for more information on possible causes of the crash. Albers said that Glaze did not seem intoxicated when speaking with police and had no medical restrictions on his license.
Glaze was wearing an ankle monitor at the time. He had been forced to don the device after posting bail following a 2017 incident in which he was accused of binding, gagging, and attacking a woman in a graveyard with a stunning device. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is currently awaiting trial, according to KHOU11.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Scott Spencer described the how the woman attempted to flee at the time.
“The victim continued to fight and wasn’t going willingly." Spencer said, KHOU11 reports. "The suspect had to carry the victim a long way from the scene and became fatigued with her fighting. We believe he just gave up."
Family and friends are now mourning the loss of Brown and Fugitti.
"Sometimes we don’t realize how blessed we are, when we have those people in our lives, until they’re suddenly taken away from us, and it’s those people that have made the difference in our lives while they’re here that are gonna be missed the most," Troy Butler, a neighbor of Brown’s, said to Fox 26, a Houston, Texas-based Fox affiliate. “And that was the case with Michael Brown. He positively impacted this whole community."
It is unclear if Glaze will face charges pertaining to the crash.
[Photo Credit: Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office]
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