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Melissa Arias, 20, Backseat Passenger Killed By Alleged DWI Driver, Bayou Body Count No. 165

Miguel Padilla: Backseat passenger killed in one-car crash.
Miguel Padilla: Backseat passenger killed in one-car crash.
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An allegedly drunk driver killed his backseat passenger in a one-car accident about 3 a.m. Sunday morning, Houston police say.

Miguel Antonio Padilla, 24, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of Melissa Arias, 20, in the 6300 block of West 43rd Street.

Police say Padilla "was driving a blue BMW 328i westbound on West 43rd Street at a high rate of speed when he failed to maintain a single lane, jumped a curb, and then struck a concrete pillar under U.S. Highway 290."

Arias was pronounced dead at the scene.

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