HPD: Driver charged with intoxication assault after 5 kids, 1 adult injured in crash

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HOUSTON — Charges have been filed against the driver involved in a head-on crash that injured six people in southeast Houston over the weekend, the police department said.

Elmer Jose Sandoval, 26, has six pending charges of intoxication assault.

Sandoval was driving a silver Lexus ES 300 northbound in the 8300 block of Galveston Road at around 11:55 p.m. Sunday when his vehicle crashed head-on with red Ford Expedition that was headed in the opposite direction, investigators said. Both vehicles were rendered inoperable, officers said.

Sandoval was seen swerving in the roadway before crossing the centerline and striking the victim’s car, the police department said. Police said there were three passengers in Sandoval’s vehicle including a 6-year-old girl, a 5-year-old boy and a 3-year-old boy.

Investigators said the driver of an older model white Cadillac arrived to the scene. The suspect, an adult woman and three children got inside and left the scene. They were found at Memorial Hermann Hospital Southeast moments later, police said.

The Ford was carrying three additional victims including a 34-year-old man, a 12-year-old boy and a 5-year-old boy, the police department said.The adult was taken to Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital for treatment while the two children were taken to a different Memorial Hermann location.

The victims’ current conditions are unknown.

While at the hospital, the suspect was evaluated by an HPD officer who reported Sandoval showed signs of impairment. Sandoval was then charged and arrested.