A 20-year-old Galveston County woman has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter after a speeding SUV slammed into a car on an Interstate 45 service road, killing a woman and her 3-month-old child, according to The Associated Press.

The victims of the Wednesday morning crash in southeast Houston were identified as Shayla Joseph, 36, and her infant son Braylan, the AP reported.

Joseph was a resident of Texas City, public records show.

She was employed as a human resources administrative coordinator at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, university officials said.

“We are stunned and deeply saddened by this tragedy,” the medical center said in a statement. “Shayla Joseph was an integral part of the UTMB community and our hearts and prayers go out to her family.”

Veronica Rivas, who was charged in connection to the deadly crash, had been released from custody on a $30,000 bond, according to Harris County District Clerk records.

Connor Behrens: 409-683-5241; connor.behrens@galvnews.com.


Before coming to work for The Daily News as a staff reporter, Connor worked for us as a freelance correspondent throughout 2017. He has written for other publications such as the Washington Post.

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