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Suspect identified in deadly DWI crash in Houston, Texas

According to court docket paperwork, Pedro Hernandez is a repeat offender with DWI prices in three totally different counties since 2015.

HOUSTON — Court paperwork identified 52-year-old Pedro Alberto Hernandez as the person who hit and killed a 6-year-old boy in southwest Houston this weekend.

It occurred on Saturday simply earlier than 7 p.m. in entrance of a laundromat off Leawood Boulevard and Bissonnet Street. According to Houston police, the boy was along with his household on their technique to a retailer when the suspect hit him in a car parking zone.

“He tried to flee the scene, however the folks that had been round, they stopped him and held him till the police got here,” a witness stated.

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The witness, who requested to stay nameless, works at a close-by business.

“Basically, he ran over the boy and the grandfather. … The driver wasn’t in his senses, so he backed up on him again,” he stated.

Sean Teare, with Harris County’s Vehicular Crimes Division, stated Hernandez is a repeat offender. Court paperwork present Hernandez has prior DWI offenses in three totally different counties relationship again to July 2015.

“The person that killed the 6-year-old … this was his fourth, a minimum of, DWI arrest,” Teare stated.

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If convicted, Hernandez might face life in jail.

Teare stated Harris County was one of many first in the state to connect a felony cost to DWI offenses, one of many methods they’re working to crack down on the difficulty.

“What we’re doing as an office and with our law enforcement partners is we charge those cases differently,” Teare stated.

Teare stated it’s a preventable crime that left a household dealing with a heartbreaking loss.

“We were out there yesterday with that family and just the devastation that it’s brought,” Teare stated.

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