Police: Wrong-way driver to face intoxicated manslaughter charges

Edinburg Fire Department at the site of a multi-vehicle collision north of Edinburg early Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (Courtesy Photo)

EDINBURG — Police believe a driver going the wrong way on a highway was intoxicated when he caused a five-car collision that killed one person and sent six to the hospital early Tuesday morning.

The crash shuttered the northbound lanes of North Expressway 281 near Farm-To-Market Road 490 from about 4:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday as investigators examined the scene of the collision, Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Snider said.

Police believe 29-year-old Tyrone Amos was intoxicated when attempted to drive south on the northbound lanes of the highway in his Chevy Trailblazer. Amos initially collided head on with a Dodge pickup truck.

Three other vehicles were also involved, including a Chevy Malibu. The driver of that vehicle, 27-year-old Victor Bazan Jr. of Palmview, died as a result and six others were transported to a hospital.

Amos was among the hospitalized, according to a news release from the city. Once discharged, he faces one count of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault.

If convicted of the third-degree felony, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.