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Passenger killed as fleeing vehicle overturns in SW Houston

HOUSTON, TX — A high-speed police pursuit early Wednesday led to a rollover crash in southwest Houston that claim the life of one person and critically hurt the driver, a DUI suspect, reports ABC13.

The chase, which started just after 12:00 a.m., ended with the fatal collision at Sam Houston Parkway and Bellaire Boulevard, just east of the Little Saigon neighborhood.

According to authorities, Houston Police Department officers had received a call about a DUI suspect in the area and shortly after identified the suspect in a Honda SUV near the northbound parkway intersection with Briar Forest Drive. A pursuit was prompted when the driver refused to pull over for a traffic stop, and eventually made a U-turn to begin traveling southbound. At that point in the chase, a Texas DPS helicopter had taken the lead while the squad cars scaled back.

As the Honda SUV exited the parkway at Bellaire Boulevard, its driver lost control, causing the SUV to flip multiple times. His passenger, who was ejected during the rollover, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The male driver suffered serious injuries. He were rushed to an area hospital in critical condition but officials say he is expected to survive.

HPD officials said beer cans were recovered from the SUV following the crash.

At this time, the suspect faces multiple charges that may include “felony murder for the evading and the deceased victim.”

A section of the southbound West Beltway feeder road was shut down at Westchase Way during the response and investigation.

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