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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Traffic Accident at 2700 North Freeway

June 27, 2011 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a fatal traffic accident at 2700 North Freeway (North Interstate Highway 45) about 3:30 a.m. on Saturday (June 25).

The suspect, Christopher A. Trumpower (w/m, DOB: 10-19-85), is charged with one count of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault in the 338th State District Court. A photo of Trumpower is attached to this news release.

Suspect Christopher Trumpower

The identity of the male victim, 24, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant M. Bearden and Officer N. Rosenblatt reported:

Trumpower was driving a black Jaguar X-Type northbound on the North Freeway and approaching Patton. All northbound traffic was stopped due to two separate traffic accidents being investigated on the North Freeway at Cavalcade. The suspect attempted to drive between two vehicles, a silver Lincoln MKX and a green Toyota Camry. The impact of striking the vehicles killed his front passenger. Trumpower was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital for treatment and a mandatory blood test. Investigators detected alcohol at the crash scene. Charges were then filed on Trumpower.

A 26-year-old female backseat passenger in the Lincoln was taken to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

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