A car crash in Houston took the life of a teenage girl after the driver, who failed the field sobriety test and had no driver’s license, lost control of the vehicle.
Harris County Deputies said the drivers of a blue Honda Civic and another car were driving recklessly through the 10600 block of Airline Road in the Greensport area on Sunday night. The deputies said the cars were "swangin," a popular term used for cars swerving in and out of multiple lanes usually at a slow speed. In this particular case, the driver was going at about 60 miles per hour, 25 miles above the speed limit for that area. While swerving in and out of multiple lanes, the driver of the blue Honda Civic lost control, swerved off the road, slammed into a fence and flipped over.
Fernanda Macias, 15, was ejected from the vehicle and died.
“She was a great girl,” Edyk Ventura, friend of Macias, told KPRC Houston. “She was nice, she was cool, she was talented. She used (to) sing, did a lot of things.”
Ventura said the teens were on their way to a weekly event called “Slab Sunday,” where people gathered to show off their cars.
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After hearing about the tragic incident, some took to the event’s Facebook page to pay their respects to Macias, otherwise known to her friends as “Shorty.”
Investigators said the driver of the blue Honda Civic, Roberto Reyes Jr., 18, failed the field sobriety test and did not have a driver’s license. Investigators also found drug paraphernalia in the car. Reyes has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
The other three passengers in the car with Reyes and Macias suffered non-life-threatening injuries.