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Update: Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Traffic Accident at 9400 Westheimer

July 11, 2011 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a fatal traffic accident in the 9400 block of Westheimer about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday (July 9).

The suspect, Miguel A. Zepeta-Rodriguez (H/m, DOB: 6-15-81), is charged with criminally negligent homicide in the 351st State District Court. He is accused in the death of Yolanda Lopez Martinez, 54, of Houston, who was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where she later died.

A photo of suspect Zepeta-Rodriguez is attached to this news release.

Suspect Miguel Rodriguez

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant M. W. Bearden and Officer D. S. Schlichter reported:

Zepeta-Rodriguez was driving a gray Ford Explorer westbound on Westheimer and approaching Westerland when his vehicle suddenly crossed the center median. The Ford then struck a maroon Plymouth Voyager, driven by Ms. Martinez, head on. Zepeta-Rodriguez was transported to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in stable condition with broken bones. According to a witness, Zepeta-Rodriguez appeared to have suffered a seizure that led to the crash.

A preliminary investigation determined alcohol was not a factor in this incident. Further investigation determined Zepeta-Rodriguez was at fault in this accident and on Sunday (July 10) charges were filed against him.

VHS/JFC 7-11-11
Inc. #089168211

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.