Three people died in a crash in West Dallas early Monday that police believe was caused by a drunk driver.
Police said a 23-year-old man was driving fast about 1:35 a.m. on westbound Singleton Boulevard when he ran a red light at North Hampton Road and crashed into a vehicle going south through the intersection, police said.
The 47-year-old man who was driving the vehicle that was struck died at the scene, police said. The Dallas County medical examiner’s office identified him as Ernesto Deleon, according to KXAS-TV (NBC5).
Two teens in the back seat, identified as 19-year-old Leslie Deleon and 18-year-old Ashley Deleon, also died. A 42-year-old woman in the front passenger seat was hospitalized with serious injuries.
The impact of the crash sent the victims’ car spinning into two other vehicles that were stopped at the red light. A 16-year-old boy in one of those vehicles was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
The driver who is accused of causing the fatal crash was taken to a hospital, where authorities determined he had been under the influence of alcohol.
His name was not released, but police said he faces three counts of intoxication manslaughter and one charge of intoxication assault.