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Suspect Arrested in Fatal Crash on Southwest Freeway

HOUSTON – Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a fatal crash at 5900 Southwest Freeway (South U.S. Highway 59) service road at about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday (April 11).

The suspect, Sebastian Matta, 26 is charged with intoxication manslaughter.

The 5-year-old victim was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Photo Cred: HPD

The victim’s father was driving a maroon-colored Nissan Sentra southbound on Fountain View Drive when, having the green light, he entered the Southwest Freeway service road intersection.  The Nissan was then struck by a silver BMW 545i sedan traveling northbound on the service road.  The crash caused the Nissan to roll over.  According to witnesses, the BMW’s driver, suspect Matta, tried to flee the scene but was detained.

The Nissan’s driver suffered minor injuries.  He and his son (passenger) were transported to the hospital by Houston Fire Department paramedics.  Matta was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries and then taken into custody.

Further investigation determined Matta was intoxicated at the time of the crash and he was subsequently charged in this incident.

Credit: Houston Police Department

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