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Driver Suspected of DUI in I-45 Crash That Killed 2

Posted on Aug 03, 2010

July 26, 2010 - Houston, TX - The stretch of I-45 near Bay Area Blvd. was closed mid-Monday afternoon as police cleaned up from a 2-vehicle crash that left a driver and his passenger dead.

The Houston Chronicle
reports that 28-year-old Michael Gregory Petty was driving his black Toyota Tacoma pickup truck along the 18900 block of the southbound Gulf Freeway when he rear-ended a gold Tacoma. Witnesses say he was driving at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic prior to the crash.

After being struck by Petty's vehicle, the gold Tacoma's driver lost control and the truck rolled over several times before coming to a rest on the grassy median on the right side of the freeway. The gold Tacoma's passenger, a 67-year-old man, was not wearing a seat belt and ejected from the vehicle. He was rushed to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The 55-year-old driver of the gold Tacoma was pronounced dead at the scene. Petty did not suffer any injury and the victims' names have not been released.

Following the accident, Petty was taken into custody on two charges of intoxicated manslaughter with bail set at $60,000. The southbound I-45 lanes were again shut down Tuesday for 3 hours as police continued their investigation. Alcohol is currently the main contributing factor suspected in the cause of the crash.

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