OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City man is facing murder charges after a rollover accident that left his passenger dead.
On Sept. 29, around 7:40 p.m., emergency crews responded to a rollover accident near S.W. 44th and Portland Ave.
When officers arrived on scene they spoke with Refugio Estrada, 25, who claimed he was driving the car that rolled over.
According to a police report, an officer on scene said he smelled a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Refugio and he appeared unsteady on his feet.
That is when one Oklahoma City police officer placed Refugio under arrest for driving under the influence and drove him to a local hospital to take a blood test.
While they were at the hospital, the officer says he learned that Refugio was driving with a suspended license and that the collision occurred because he lost control of his vehicle while driving at unsafe speeds.
The police report did not state whether or not Refugio’s blood test showed alcohol in his system.
Police say Refugio’s passenger, Enrique Estrada, 26, was rushed to the hospital with a traumatic brain injury.
He was pronounced dead 13 hours after the crash.
Refugio is now facing charges for second degree murder and causing a fatal collision without a valid driver’s license.