Two high school friends are killed after their 'drunken' classmate crashed car and it split in half

Teen charged: Jaggar Smith, 17, is accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed his two school friends in Texas overnight 

Teen charged: Jaggar Smith, 17, is accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed his two school friends in Texas overnight 

A 17-year-old boy from Texas has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after police say he got behind the wheel drunk, crashed into trees and split his car in half, killing his two 16-year-old friends. 

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says the driver, Jaggar Clayton Smith, and his two passengers, Salma Gomez and Chloe Robison who were killed in the early Wednesday crash, attended Atascocita High School, near Houston.

Authorities say Smith lost control of his car and crashed into the trees. They say Robison died at the scene and Gomez died at a hospital. The driver suffered only minor injuries.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, at around 12.25am on Wednesday, Smith was speeding in his 2008 Nissan Altma southbound in the 18300 block of Timber Forest when he lost control and drifted into the center median, rotating counter clockwise.

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Salma Gomez

Chloe Robison

Gone too soon: Salma Gomez (left) and Chloe Robison (right), both 16, lost their lives after Smith’s car slammed into trees and split in two near Houston

Violent crash: Officials say Smith was speeding in his 2008 Nissan Altma southbound in the 18300 block of Timber Forest when he lost control

Violent crash: Officials say Smith was speeding in his 2008 Nissan Altma southbound in the 18300 block of Timber Forest when he lost control

The front half of the car, where Gomez was riding in the passenger seat, stopped in the median (pictured) 

The front half of the car, where Gomez was riding in the passenger seat, stopped in the median (pictured) 

The right side of the sedan smashed into a tree and the force of the collision broke the car in two.

The front half of the car, where Gomez was riding in the passenger seat, then rotated clockwise before coming to a stop in the median.

The rear half of the car, where Robison was riding, continued spinning before crashing into a second tree in the median.

Robison died at the scene, while Gomez was transported to Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital where she succumbed of her injuries.

Smith was taken to Houston Northwest Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries and arrested on two counts of intoxication manslaughter. Investigators believe he had been drinking. 

Robison died at the scene

Gomez, pictured with Smith at a concert in June, died at the hospital

Robison died at the scene. Gomez (pictured with Smith at a concert in June), died at the hospital. The boy suffered only minor injuries 

Hannah, a friend of Salma Gomez and Chloe Robison, places flowers at a small memorial near the site of a fatal car crash that killed the two teens Wednesday in Atascocita, Texas

Hannah, a friend of Salma Gomez and Chloe Robison, places flowers at a small memorial near the site of a fatal car crash that killed the two teens Wednesday in Atascocita, Texas

A bouquet of flowers with a condolence note is pictured at the makeshift memorial 

A bouquet of flowers with a condolence note is pictured at the makeshift memorial 

Sheriff Gonzalez tweeted after the crash saying that Smith, Robison and Gomez were ‘close friends.’

On June 16, Gomez shared a photo on her Instagram page showing her posing up with Smith and another teen at an outdoor concert.  

Smith’s uncle told ABC13 his nephew was returning from a quinceanera reunion party that Gomez had hosted on Tuesday night.

Witnesses told deputies Smith was doing 70-80mph in a 40mph speed zone, reported KPRC. All three occupants of the car were buckled up at the time of the crash.

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