On Sunday night, Million Zeghergis, 31, ran a red light at the intersection of Synott Road and Beechnut Street, smashing into a Honda Civic, and leaving the driver of the Honda and three of his passengers, dead. One woman, Shanumati Bhatt, survived the crash and is currently listed in stable condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Zerghergis' Dodge van struck the driver's side of the Civic. The impact was so great that "both the Dodge and the Honda then rotated counter clockwise, in a northeastern direction, through the intersection," according to the accident report. The Honda was then sent reeling into a Ford F-150 pickup that was stopped at the red light.
Those killed were: Devendraprasad Patel, Kokila Patel, Ansuyaben Patel and Jayanthilal Bhatt, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. All four of the victims were between the ages of 60 and 80-years-old.
They were headed home after attending services at a local Hindu temple when they were killed.
Zeghergis, is not a U.S. citizen, but an Ethiopian national and received a Houston cab driver's license in May 2013. The vehicle he was driving at the time of the fatal wreck was registered to the Champion Town Car/Limousine Service.
His blood alcohol content (BAC) was .107, three and a half hours after the crash, prosecutors stated. Though Zeghergis was not wearing a seatbelt, he was not inured in the horrific crash.
Zeghergis has been charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter with a motor vehicle, and is currently being held at the Harris County Jail on $400,000 bond.
This columnist's messages left for Zerghergis' employer, have yet to be returned.