HTV National Desk
Published 4:42 am PST, Thursday, January 3, 2019
A 14-year-old boy behind the wheel of an SUV being chased by a car that had been vandalized with eggs has been charged with murder after a fatal crash in Texas.
The boy, who sustained a broken ankle, was booked Wednesday into the county’s juvenile detention center. Meanwhile, a driver targeted during the joyride prank, who then chased him to an intersection in Harris County, has been located and is cooperating with police, authorities said. That man allegedly brandished a semi-automatic handgun during the chase, deputies said.
Neither the boy’s nor the other driver’s name has been released. The chase led to a crash that killed 45-year-old Silvia Zavala.
The incident started around 2 p.m. Tuesday, when the teen driver and two of his friends inside a GMC Acadia were throwing eggs at cars near Aldine Mail Route and Russ Drive, authorities said. One of the eggs was aimed at a gold 1970s model Lincoln with a white top, and police said that driver pursued them to the next intersection at Aldine Westfield Road.
The 14-year-old sped through a red light at the Aldine Westfield intersection and T-boned the woman, who was driving a Ford F-150, police said. The impact, caught on camera from a nearby business, sent a cloud of debris flying into the air as both vehicles tumbled into a ditch.
The Lincoln fled the scene, but police later located the driver.
Sean Teare, who leads the Harris County District Attorney’s Office’s Vehicular Crimes Division, said the driver who chased after the teen could face a felony charge of failure to stop and render aid to the woman who died in the wreck.
“I believe enough evidence exists to present that to a grand jury,” Teare said.
The victim in the wreck, Zavala, was “the only person who was doing nothing wrong,” the prosecutor said.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez previously said that Zavala had been shopping prior to the crash.
The other minors in the car haven’t been charged. The teen was charged with murder because he was allegedly committing a state jail felony of unauthorized use of a vehicle, causing the deadly crash, said Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland.
Teare was unable to say whose vehicle the teen suspect was driving other that than he was unauthorized to drive it. Details of his criminal proceedings were not made public because he is a minor.
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