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Suspected Drunk Driver Kills Boy on Bike

Destiny Baker3 years ago

Houston police have arrested and charged a suspected drunk driver following a crash that left an 8-year-old boy dead.

About the Fatal Houston Accident

According to ABC News, 58-year-old Euaristo Hinojosa-Pena has been charged with driving while intoxicated in connection to a crash that killed 8-year-old Armando Villafana.

Eyewitnesses told police that Hinojosa-Pena was speeding along Lenore Street in southeast Houston on Sunday night when he struck Villafana at the Bliss Steet intersection. The boy was attempting to cross the street on his bike.

Neighbors called 911, and Villafana was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after.

Hinojosa-Pena remained on the scene until police arrived. Officers conducted a field sobriety test which Hinojosa-Pena failed.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

Following information provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • In 2012, 3,399 people lost their live in collisions along Texas roadways, marking a 10.82 percent increase from 2011 when 3,067 deaths were reported.
  • Deaths among pedestrians and pedalcyclists also increased with pedestrian fatalities rising 13.2 percent to 481 and pedalcyclist fatalities rising 19.1 percent to 56.
  • 32.3 percent of all traffic fatalities, 1,099 deaths, were linked to crashes where a driver was determined to be under the influence. More DUI crashes occurred on Sunday than any other day of the week.
  • In addition to those who died, another 230,506 people were injured in traffic crashes in 2012, with 87,087 people sustaining serious injuries.
  • Using available information, TxDOT was able to determine:
    • One person was killed in a auto accident every 2 hours and 35 minutes.
    • One person was injured in an auto accident every 2 minutes and 17 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 75 seconds.

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