Teen Killed by Impaired Father of Tot in Car
Yesterday, I wrote about the tragic death of a 17-year-old girl going to the movies with her family on Sunday, May 27th. She was a passenger in her family’s vehicle, a Nissan Altima, which was rear ended while waiting to turn at a red light by a Ford Mustang traveling at a very high rate of speed.
In a follow-up to that posting, an investigation by HPD officers responding to that collision has now determined that the Mustang was driven by a highly drug-intoxicated 27-year-old Houston father of a 2-year-old boy who was a passenger in the Mustang during the crash. As so often happens in these awful events, the Mustang’s impaired driver was only slightly injured in the crash and he quickly jumped out of the wrecked Mustang, grabbed his injured and terrified little boy and fled the scene on foot.
However, a witness saw the man running, stopped and confronted him and ordered him to return to the crash scene, which he surprisingly did. The police there took him into custody, transferred the man to an area hospital where drug tests confirmed he was under the influence of illegal narcotics and he was treated and then jailed on felony charges of intoxication assault, intoxication murder, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to stop and render aid. Additional criminal drug-related and child abuse charges are likely. The man’s battered little tot was taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital for treatment for shock and minor injuries after which he was released to other family members. The deceased teen’s 65-year-old father remains hospitalized in critical condition and her 13-year-old sister also remains hospitalized with several broken bones, but is expected to survive.
Once again, if you or a loved one is ever injured in a tragedy like this please consider calling us. We have dealt with such incidents for decades and we are very good at it.