Suspect Arrested in Fatal Traffic Accident at 6400 Savoy

August 4, 2009 - Charges are pending against a suspect arrested following a fatal traffic accident in the 6400 block of Savoy about 4 a.m. today. 

The suspect, Nicolas Canastuj (H/m, DOB: 5-12-86), faces a charge of intoxication manslaughter and is currently in custody. 

The identity of the victim, a passenger who was pronounced dead at the scene, is pending verification by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office.   

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant D. Arnold and Officer D. Ashford reported:

Mr. Canastuj was driving a green Toyota 4-Runner and was involved in a minor accident on the Southwest Freeway service road near Hillcroft with a white Mercedes.  Canastuj then fled the scene and was followed by a witness to the accident in a third vehicle.  The Toyota turned onto Hillcroft, then Harwin and then onto Savoy Drive.  Canastuj then lost control of the vehicle as he turned into a curve on Savoy, went up over a curb, struck a light pole and then a tree.  The front passenger in the Toyota was killed and Canastuj was taken into custody at the scene. 

Inc. #112779009

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