ATASCOCITA, Texas— A 17-year-old boy was under the influence of alcohol when he caused a crash that killed two of his teen friends, the Harris County Sheriff's Office has confirmed.
Jaggar Clayton Smith was charged Wednesday with two counts of intoxication manslaughter.
According to deputies, Smith was speeding in his 2008 Nissan Altima southbound in the 18300 block of Timber Forest around 12:30 a.m. when he lost control, left the roadway and crashed into several trees. Investigators said Smith was going as fast as 80 mph in a 40-mph zone.
The impact of the collision caused the vehicle to split in half.
The front portion of the Nissan rotated clockwise, coming to a controlled rest in the median. The rear portion of the vehicle rotated southeast, striking another tree in the median.
The back right passenger of the vehicle, Chloe Robison, died at the scene. The front right passenger, Salma Gomez, was transported to Memorial Hermann Northeast, where she died. Both girls were 16 years old.
Smith was transported to Houston Northwest Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and arrested.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed through social media that all of the teens were friends and attended Atascocita High School. Robison and Gomez were set to start their junior year together.
"They left a big impact on everybody at our school," classmate Nicholas Garcia said.
Several heartbroken friends like Caebra Rios, immediately began creating a makeshift memorial near the crash site.
"It's a real eye-opener. It makes you think that life is really short. We're here one day and we can be gone the next," Rios said.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is also investigating the case, trying to learn where Smith received the alcohol.
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) July 25, 2018