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Driver in Saturday's rollover accident charged with DWI

Crosstown Expressway and Horne Road crash
Posted at 7:22 AM, Feb 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 18:56:02-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The driver of the vehicle that rolled off the Crosstown Expressway early Saturday morning will be charged with driving while intoxicated.

The rollover crash on Crosstown and Horne Road occurred about 4 a.m. Saturday, sending four people to the hospital.

Police said Monday the driver of the vehicle also had narcotics in his pockets.

He faces charges of DWI and two counts of in possession of a controlled substance.

The possession charges are both felonies. The driver has not been arrested yet because his last status is that he was in the hospital.

When first responders arrived on Saturday morning , they found a car rolled on its top with three occupants in the vehicle; the fourth person seemed to have been ejected.

The incident took place just before 4 a.m. near the intersection of the Crosstown Expressway and Horne Road. That is where the Corpus Christi Police Department said a silver passenger car struck another vehicle with a male in his 30’s, two females in their 20’s and a 2 year old child inside, forcing it to roll off the Crosstown Expressway.

“There were four occupants in the overturned vehicle. One of them seems to have been ejected, does have serious injuries, but non life-threatening. Two others are being checked out at the hospital. As of right now, we don’t think they are major injuries,” CCPD Lt. Christopher Simnacher said.

The driver of the silver vehicle, who allegedly struck the other vehicle, fled the scene. Many business owners in the area, like Joseph Hoskins who owns Sonny’s Restaurant, say these accidents are happening way too often.

“Unfortunately it has been happening, it seems like over the last couple of months, where we have had a few accidents in the exact same spot, in the same area," Hoskins said. "So it is kind of troublesome, and especially for people around the area here, they are concerned because there have been some terrible accidents.”

This accident comes just days after 20 year old Brianna Cruz lost her life in a rollover crash in the same location, making both incidents a tragic coincidence.

“I think it is a misfortune; it is sad. It is just actually very sad that it happened at the exact same location. You would hope people would be trying to pay attention since something did happen there, and somebody got killed,” said Castro’s Flower Shop owner Debra Castro.

If you have any information on this hit and run accident contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at (361) 886-2732 or (361) 886-2733.