Two Arrested For Manslaughter After Crash That Killed Their Friend

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BRYAN - Two people face manslaughter charges after a crash that killed their friend.

Bryan Police say Erick Ascencio Sanchez-Zepeda, 21 of Bryan, was driving down Hilton Road on May 31st, with Ana Zuniga, 22 of Bryan, sitting in his lap. As they approached Sandy Point Road, the couple lost control of the Honda Accord, overcorrected, hit a tree and then crashed through a steel pipe fence.

Their friend, 23-year-old German Rodarte of Bryan, was sitting in the front passenger seat. Rodarte was later pronounced dead at St. Joseph Regional Health Center from blunt force trauma suffered in the crash.

Sanchez-Zepeda told police he and Rodarte had been at Graham’s Night Club until 2:30 a.m. They decided to go to Zuniga’s house to teach her how to drive. But he did not remember anything about what happened other than they crashed.

Zuniga said Sanchez-Zepeda and Rodarte called her at 4:00 a.m. When they arrived at her house on N. Sterling, she says they sat in the car listening to music and drinking. At some point, they decided to go for a drive. Zuniga says she steered the wheel while Sanchez-Zepeda pushed the gas and brake pedal.

The crash happened around 6:00 a.m. An hour later, police say Sanchez-Zepeda’s blood alcohol level was .229, nearly three times the legal limit.

Sanchez-Zepeda turned himself in Tuesday. Zuniga surrendered Wednesday morning. Both are out of jail on $10,000 bond.

Manslaughter is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison.