One passenger was killed and another critically injured in a one-car accident caused by a 20-year-old driver who police say was drunk early Sunday morning.
Carla Lopez has been charged with intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter, and is in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, HPD says.
Police say she was driving a black Dodge Charger in the 3300 block of South Rice Boulevard about 6 a.m. Sunday. She told police she "changed lanes to avoid a slow moving vehicle" and lost control of the vehicle, slamming into a utility pole.
Both passengers were in the back seat without seat belts.
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"Lopez was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries and charged after investigators determined alcohol was involved in the accident," HPD says.