A driver appeared to be drinking beer on a Facebook Live video taken minutes before a wreck Sunday that killed three people near Jersey Village, authorities said.
The driver, Camilo Morejon, 47, faces three counts of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle and one count of intoxication assault with a vehicle. He is accused of causing the wreck at 7:53 a.m. in the 12200 block of FM529, leaving him hospitalized in critical condition and his three passengers dead on the scene.
The driver of the other vehicle also was hospitalized in critical condition with a brain bleed and a broken left arm, according to court records.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office said Morejon was the driver seen in a Facebook Live video taking a sip of Corona beer before the crash. The video, which has a time stamp of 7:47 a.m. Sunday, was posted publicly to Morejon’s account. It was taken by a passenger who also appeared to be drinking beer.
Morejon was behind the wheel of a 2012 Honda Accord traveling westbound on FM529 at a high rate of speed, according to court records. The driver of a Fort F-150 was traveling east on the same road.
The driver of the pickup was turning into a gas station when the Honda slammed into the vehicle’s right side at about 90 mph, court records say. Investigators smelled alcohol on Morejon’s breath, and his blood-alcohol content was 0.168, more than twice the legal limit, records show.
The deceased passengers have been identified as Leosveyka Gonzalez, Massel Rodriguez and Ricardo Rodriguez-Tamayo. Their relationship to Morejon is unclear.
It’s also unclear where Morejon obtained the alcohol. Sean Teare, head of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Division, said prosecutors were looking for which club he may have been drinking at prior to the crash.
Morejon’s next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday in the 339th District Court.
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