A drunken-driving suspect had one of her charges upgraded after a father — who was traveling through Texas with his family — died from injuries suffered in a wreck Sunday.
Natalie Susanne Saldana, 30, was charged with intoxication manslaughter Thursday. She also was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on the day of the wreck.
The father, identified as Fred Jolayemi, 36, died at 11:25 p.m. Christmas Eve at University Hospital, officials said.
The wreck occurred Sunday on Interstate 10 near Leon Springs as the family of three was traveling from Arizona to Louisiana.
The family’s Honda HR-V was struck twice by two different vehicles.
In the first collision, the family’s vehicle was sideswiped by a Ford Mustang, which prompted the Honda to stop on the side of the road, deputies said.
A deputy driving a Chevrolet Tahoe parked about 75 feet behind the Honda to assist the couple and their daughter.
The daughter, 18, was sitting in the Tahoe to stay warm as her parents were with the tow truck, the sheriff said.
Saldana had just left a nightclub and Salazar alleged that she was intoxicated when she took the wheel of her Mazda 3.
When it struck the Tahoe, investigators said the Mazda was traveling 90 mph. The impact propelled the Tahoe 75 feet into the wrecker, which had been loading the HR-V.
Investigators are still investigating the bar – nightclub who served Saldana.