Groves man arrested for drunk driving after deadly motorcycle collision

Groves man arrested for drunk driving after deadly motorcycle collision

A Groves man was arrested after an accident where state troopers say he was driving while intoxicated, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said in a statement.

DPS responded to a two vehicle crash on TX 347 (Twin City Highway) near 7th Avenue in Nederland on Nov. 15 at about 10:40 p.m, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said.

Troopers say that a 2015 Harley Davidson was traveling southbound on TX 347 when a 2013 Chevrolet pickup truck was pulling onto the highway from a private driveway. The driver of the Chevrolet pickup truck failed to yield the right of way and struck the motorcycle.

The driver of the motorcycle, Mario Ruben Colunga, 39, of Groves, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Tom Gilliam III. Colunga was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The passenger of the motorcycle, Emily White, 34, of Houston, was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries. White was also not wearing a helmet.

The driver of the Chevrolet pickup truck, Richard Eric Bean, 46, of Groves, was treated for minor injuries at the scene and medically cleared. The passenger, Alicia Kruger, 39, of Port Neches, was also treated for minor injuries and released at the scene.

Troopers determined that Bean was driving while intoxicated, Davis said.

Bean was placed under arrest for intoxication manslaughter, a second degree felony, and transported to the Jefferson County jail without incident.

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