Approximately 1:30 a.m. Monday morning Ramiro Castillo-Juarez, 25 of Magnolia and a co-worker Louis Alcala, 47 also of Magnolia were driving a Magnolia Welding Company half-pickup northbound on FM 1774 about 4 miles south of Magnolia. As they approached the bridge near Russel /Hunter lane Juarez went of the right shoulder and went down the embankment striking and breaking off several pine trees. When MCHD and Magnolia Fire Department arrived on the scene Juarez was still seat-belted into the drivers seat. With the truck on it’s side Alcala was not seat belted and was lying on the left side of the truck. He was deceased.
Castillo-Juarez was transported to Tomball Hospital but was released into DPS custody approximately 3 hours later. He has been transported to the Montgomery County Jail on charges of Intoxication Manslaughter. He is being held on a $150,000 bond.
FM 1774 remained closed until after 6 am as DPS and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office investigated the crash.
Alcala was removed and transported to the Montgomery County Forensic Center by Eickenhorst Funeral Directors for autopsy.
Milstead Heavy Duty wrecker was called to the scene to retrieve the vehicle from below using a crane boom.