AUSTIN, TX (10/31/2015) — A drunk driver is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge after an accident which killed Gabriel Castillo on Saturday night.
According to the Austin Police Department (APD), 24-year-old Gabriel Castillo was killed on Saturday night after a drunk driver struck his vehicle along East Highway 290 at Cameron Road in Austin, Texas.
Authorities reported that at around 7:30 p.m., 35-year-old Cesar Perez-Estevane was traveling eastbound when he veered into the grassy median and struck a northbound Honda Prelude, driven by Castillo.
Officers stated that Perez-Estevane was attempting to avoid a rear-end collision with a vehicle stopped at a red light on Cameron Road, causing him to swerve right, travel through the median, and crash into Castillo’s vehicle.
Castillo was taken to a nearby area hospital, where he later died.
During the investigation, Perez-Estevane consented to a breathalyzer test and blew a .145 BAC. He is currently being held on a $100,000 bond.
Drunk drivers are always a danger, especially during holidays. The victim in this accident was an unsuspecting driver who lost his life due to another person’s negligent behavior. We urge drivers to always drive sober and to report suspected drunk drivers to the local authorities immediately.