A 14-year-old Texas boy was charged with murder Thursday after reportedly claiming an armed driver was chasing him Tuesday afternoon before he crashed into a female motorist, killing her.
Per The Houston Chronicle, the unnamed 14-year-old and two teenage passengers were inside a GMC Acadia and throwing eggs at cars when they struck a gold Lincoln, leading the driver to pursue them. The Lincoln’s driver is accused of brandishing a semi-automatic handgun during the chase.
Harris County sheriff Ed Gonzalez identified the woman killed in the New Year’s crash as Silvia Zavala, 45. The Houston Patch reported that the 14-year-old ran a red light as Zavala travelled through the intersection of Aldine Mail Route and Aldine Westfield, pinning her inside her Ford F-150 pickup. She died at the scene.
Update on Aldine Mail Rt. Fatality: the 14 yo driver has been charged w murder & booked in the county juvenile detention center. He sustained a broken ankle in the crash. The driver of the vehicle that was chasing him has been identified & efforts are being made to interview him.
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) January 2, 2019
Since then, the 14-year-old reportedly admitted that he had taken his father’s vehicle without permission. According to the report, Senior Deputy Thomas Gilliland explained that the teen is facing murder charges because of his unauthorized use of a vehicle, a felony, when the deadly wreck occurred.
The Chronicle reported that authorities have identified the other driver allegedly involved in the crash and he’s cooperating with the investigation. Reports indicate that the driver of the Lincoln and the teen’s two passengers have not been criminally charged.
The teen, who police said sustained a broken ankle in the crash, remains jailed in a juvenile detention center.
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