Gulf Freeway Accident

Freeway Reopens After Police Investigate Double Fatal Wreck
Michael Gregory Petty Charged With Intoxication Manslaughter

POSTED: Tuesday, July 27, 2010

HOUSTON — A freeway reopened after it was closed for about two hours on Tuesday to allow police to continue to investigate a double fatal collision.

Michael Gregory Petty

Michael Gregory Petty

The collision happened in the southbound lanes of the Gulf Freeway near El Dorado Boulevard at about 12:30 p.m. Monday.The driver suspected of causing the collision, Michael Gregory Petty, 28, has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter.Witnesses told police they saw a black Toyota Tacoma traveling at a high rate of speed and dodging in and out of traffic.Investigators said the pickup truck hit the rear left area of a gold Toyota Tacoma, causing that vehicle’s driver to lose control and the vehicle flipped several times.The 55-year-old driver of the gold Tacoma, Manuel Portillo, died at the scene.The 67-year-old passenger, who police said was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle and taken to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, where he died.The victims’ families said the men were good friends and neighbors.The freeway was shut down for nearly five hours Monday while police investigated the collision.

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