Suspect Charged in Fatal Houston Traffic Accident

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a fatal traffic accident in the 9400 block of Westheimer early last month.

The suspect, Miguel A. Zepeta-Rodriguez, 20, is charged with criminally negligent homicide in State District Court, accused in the death of Yolanda Lopez Martinez, 54, of Houston.


Zepeta-Rodriguez was driving a gray Ford Explorer westbound on Westheimer and approaching Westerland when his vehicle suddenly crossed the center median. The Ford then struck a maroon Plymouth Voyager, driven by Ms. Martinez, head on. Zepeta-Rodriguez was transported to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in stable condition with broken bones. Zepeta-Rodriguez appeared to have suffered a seizure that led to the crash.

A preliminary investigation determined alcohol was not a factor in this incident. Further investigation determined Zepeta-Rodriguez was at fault in this accident and charges were filed against him. Martinez, who was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital, died.

In accidental deaths such as this, knowing your rights is critical. Questions may only be answered by experts who have dealt with similar situations. The Doan Law Firm P.C. has extensive experience in personal injury and accidental death and can assist any family suffering loss or injury. Contact the Doan Law Firm, P.C., led by Houston personal injury attorney Jimmy Doan, at 1 Riverway, Suite 2055, Houston, Texas 77056, (713) 869-4747 or (800) 910-FIRM.

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