Saturday morning around 3am Starlan Herbert Smith Jr. was traveling north on I-45 in his Ford pickup. As he approached Tamina Road he slammed into the rear or another Ford pickup driven by Karla Gabriela Tapia, 25, of Channelview. The impact was so intense that is caused Tapia’s truck to slam into the center wall and roll several times. Both Smith and Tapia were transported to the hospital. A short time later Tapia passed away. Smith, of the 14700 block of Libra in Willis was charged with intoxication manslaughter and transported to the Montgomery County Jail. His bond was set at $100,000. Smith has since bonded out.
This is not Smith’s first meeting with the judicial system.
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