A New Caney man has been charged with manslaughter after a 2011 crash. Just after 4:30 p.m.the afternoon of November 15, 2011 MCHD and New Caney Fire Department were dispatched to a major accident on FM 1485 east just east of Sullivan Road. When they arrived they found a 2007 Saturn Sky.in the middle of the road with the driver entrapped and in and out of consciousness. In the ditch was a 1997 Nissan Frontier which had heavy front end damage.
New Caney Fire Department used the JAWS to cut the driver out of the Saturn. He was transported to Hermann Hospital in Houston by MCHD in critical condition. The driver of the Nissan, Mariano Elias Landaverde, 40, of New Caney was pronounced dead on the scene by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts. Judge Metts ordered Metcalf Funeral Director to transport the victim to The Montgomery County Forensic Center.
According to witnesses, Zack James Stevens, 19, of Scott Gardner Road in New Caney was westbound on FM 1485 at a high rate of speed. .As he entered the curve he began to pass vehicles on the right shoulder of the two lane highway. He then struck the guardrail and crushing his right front fender rode against the guardrail for over fifty feet before going into a side slide and crossing into the eastbound lanes of FM 1485.
It was at that point that Landaverde who east bound on FM 1485 saw the Sky coming at him and attempted to swerve to the ditch. He was struck almost head on. His truck continued into the ditch almost rolling. The roll was stopped by a telephone pole.