Truck driver charged with intoxication manslaughter for deadly Houston crash

Pablo Isai Frias (Photo: Houston Police Department)

The driver of a semi-truck has been arrested following a deadly crash involving two other vehicles on the East Freeway in Houston on Monday afternoon.

Pablo Isai Frias, 31, is charged with intoxication manslaughter. The identity of the 30-year-old woman who died in the crash has not been released.

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The crash occurred around 11:35 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the I-10 East Freeway near McCarty Street. 

The crash involved the victim’s Chevrolet Tahoe, Frias’ Peterbilt semi-truck, and a Kenworth semi-truck.

Police say the Kenworth truck had come to a stop on the freeway due to traffic, and the Tahoe stopped behind it.

The Tahoe may have been attempting to move to another lane and struck the back of the trailer attached to the Kenworth, police say.

According to police, the Peterbilt truck then struck the back of the Tahoe. The woman driving the Tahoe died at the scene.

Police say Frias was evaluated at the scene and determined to be intoxicated. He was arrested at the scene.

No other injuries were reported in the crash.