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Woman charged with intoxication manslaughter in hit-and-run crash that killed driver, HPD says

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HOUSTON – A woman was arrested and charged for her role in a deadly hit-and-run crash in southwest Houston on Saturday, according to the Houston Police Department.

Elvia Y. Castillo-Martinez, 22, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in connection with the death of a 36-year-old man.

The fatal crash was reported around 3:25 a.m. in the 7000 block of Beechnut Street.

Police said the man was driving a black Mercury GT5 southbound on the Southwest Freeway when his vehicle was side-swiped from behind by a black Mazda CV5, driven by Castillo-Martinez. The man and his passenger followed Castillo-Martinez as she exited the freeway and came to a stop at a light at in the 7000 block of Beechnut Street.

Police said the man pulled up next to Castillo-Martinez’s vehicle and tried to get her attention. The man then allegedly pulled his vehicle in front of Castillo-Martinez’s vehicle while the passenger exited the vehicle. As the passenger attempted to exchange information with Castillo-Martinez, the light turned green and she immediately drove off and struck the man.

Police said Castillo-Martinez continued driving at high speed on Beechnut and then struck a sidewalk and a parked vehicle. She then allegedly pulled out of a driveway and fled the scene without providing medical assistance.

The man was taken by the Houston Fire Department paramedics to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

Police said Castillo-Martinez was arrested a short time later and later charged for her alleged role in the crash.

Police said Castillo-Martinez was arrested a short time later and later charged for her alleged role in the crash.

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Sourabh Verma,From Franklin Tn - Sub-editor in Asian News International(ANI) I am a detailed-driven journalist with 3+ years of experience in news writing and copy-editing, I can file quick, compelling and error-free stories as they break. I have sound knowledge of national and international issues and have covered stories across beats, including politics, parliament, legal and crime like drugs and Human Trafficking at Asian News International (ANI), where I currently work. Some of these include extensive coverage of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, several state Assembly elections, Parliament sessions, COVID-19 pandemic and other stories of national importance. A typical working day involves copy-editing dozens of drafts, managing junior sub-editors in shifts and keeping an eye on developing stories. This added responsibility followed a couple of years of filing stories based on press briefings, bytes and inputs from reporters on the ground.
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