UPDATE: Tyler Police say a passenger of one of the vehicles, a 15-year-old boy, has died from his injuries. Authorities have identified the boy as Gaylon Cox.
An autopsy has been ordered.
Tyler Police say the alleged drunk driver, Edward Marin, of Tyler has been charged with two counts of intoxicated manslaughter. The second charge of intoxicated manslaughter was upgraded Monday morning.
Police say five cars were involved in this crash. Authorities also say there could be more charges as their investigation continues.
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Released by The Tyler Police Department:
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - On July 31, 2011 at approximately 1:54 a.m. the Tyler Police Department learned of a motor vehicle accident located within the 5100 block of Troup Hwy. When officers arrived on scene they were informed that a black 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee had collided with a green 2002 Oldsmobile Alero. Immediately, officers learned that at least one passenger in the Oldsmobile Alero, Jacob Clay, 22, from Tyler was deceased. Two additional passengers from the Oldsmobile Alero, including a juvenile whose name is presently being withheld, were also transported to area hospitals for life-threatening injuries.
While on scene officers located the driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, identified as Marin Edward, 51, from Tyler, who officers determined was intoxicated and caused the accident. As a result of their investigation officers placed Marin Edward under arrest and transported him to the Smith County jail where he was booked-in on one count of Intoxicated Manslaughter and two counts of Intoxicated Assault. Due to the nature of the accident Tyler Police Department Accident Investigators, Crime Scene Investigators and Major Crime Detectives responded to the scene.