Driver charged after car crashes into Houston building, kills 2



Posted on March 22, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 22 at 5:00 PM

HOUSTON - Manslaughter charges were filed against a driver Monday after a car crashed into a Houston office building, killing two people.

According to investigators, Yoan Batista-Martinez, 26, was driving a black, four-door Dodge northbound on Briarpark at high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle.

Police said the car swerved across the southbound lanes, plowed through a hedge, hit a small grassy mound, went airborne and crashed into the side of a building.

The car was about 10 to 15 feet in the air when it hit the wall, police said.

There were four passengers – a woman and three men – in the car at the time.

"One occupant was ejected, and she was dead on the scene. There was also another male occupant inside the vehicle that was pronounced dead at the scene," HPD Sgt. Sorge said.

Sorge said the woman appeared to have hit the building.

The other three men, including Batista-Martinez, were taken to the hospital in serious condition, police said.

An accident recreation team was still at the scene hours after the accident, and that section of Briarpark remained closed well into the morning.

Investigators were still working to determine the cause of the crash.

Police said the female victim was 24 years old, and the male was 38.  Their identities were not yet released.