TEXAS CITY — A Texas City man jailed in connection with a single-car wreck that killed his 3-year-old son in April was indicted this week on a charge of intoxication manslaughter.
Jesse Galicia, 23, had already been charged with driving while intoxicated and tampering with evidence after the April 24 crash, when Galicia’s SUV rolled over onto the northbound feeder road of Interstate 45 just north of the Galveston Causeway.
Authorities had been awaiting results of a toxicology test before filing the new charges. Authorities allege that drugs were found in and near the vehicle after the accident, Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said.
Galicia’s toddler son, also named Jesse Galicia, was thrown from the vehicle and died at the hospital, authorities said. The toddler’s 5-year-old sister and 2-year-old brother were treated for serious injuries at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and a 7-month-old infant was released to a family member at the scene.
Two children were riding in booster seats and one was secured in a child car seat, sheriff’s deputies said.
According to the indictment for intoxication manslaughter, Galicia was under the influence of a controlled substance or a “dangerous drug” at the time of the fatal wreck.
Galicia told investigators he was having trouble with the SUV’s steering wheel before losing control of the vehicle, Trochesset said.
Galicia is being held at the county jail on bonds totaling $410,000.