A teenager is dead and a 27-year-old driver is in jail after a Harris County accident on Sunday, May 27 involving a Nissan Altima and a Ford Mustang.
Authorities with the Houston Police Department (HPD) reported that the Altima driver was on Westpark waiting at a red light to turn left onto Denvale. The Mustang driver was speeding down Westpark and couldn’t stop in time. He slammed into the back of the Altima.
The impact killed a 17-year-old girl who was a backseat passenger. Her identity had to be verified by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
Following the impact, the driver of the Mustang fled the crash site with his son, age 2, in tow. He headed north on Dunvale on foot. At the intersection of Dunvale and Pagewood, a passerby who witnessed the fatal wreck stopped the fleeing motorist and convinced him to return to the accident scene.
Consequently, he headed back to the crash site where responding HPD officers detained him. He was taken to a local hospital. There, it was discovered that he was under the influence of narcotics. He was then arrested and charged with two counts of intoxication assault, failing to stop to render aid and murder.
The Altima driver, 65, was listed in critical condition at a local hospital. The other Altima passenger, a 13-year-old girl was treated for multiple fractures that are not considered to be life-threatening.
The man’s son was treated at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. He was later released to his family members.
While the Mustang driver clearly faces criminal charges in the deadly crash, it is also likely that he could be named a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the survivors of the deceased girl.
Source: KHOU, “CRIME HPD: Man charged with murder, intoxication assault in death of 17-year-old girl,” May 29, 2018