After a 14-year-old was charged with murder in connection with a fatal egg-throwing incident, new footage was released.
Several video clips on Jan. 2, were released showing the chase and ensuing wreck that involved the 14-year-old driver. The boy ran a red light and slammed into a woman, killing her, on New Year’s Day.
Investigators told Click2Houston that teens in a GMC Acadia were throwing eggs at another driver, who began to chase their SUV. Their vehicle then ran a red light at 60 mph, crashing into Silvia Zavala’s pickup, killing her, according to officials.
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The teens said the driver who was chasing them flashed a gun, officials said. That driver didn’t stop at the crash scene, said police.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the driver who allegedly flashed the gun was identified, Click2Houston reported.
He’s cooperating with their investigation, ABC13 reported.
Neighbors of the teen who is facing murder charges said they saw him driving around the neighborhood while his parents were working.
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“One time I told him he was driving too fast, because the children were outside on bikes,” the neighbor said.
A 14-year-old classmate of the teen told Click2Houston that she was flabbergasted that the boy even attempted to drive his father’s vehicle.
“Whenever I saw this, I was like wow! I was like, oh my God, he is so young, why did he even drive that car like he is,” the teenage girl said.
Surveillance video from two businesses captured the moment that police say an SUV driven by a 14-year-old boy slammed into a vehicle, killing a 45-year-old woman.
Sean Teare, chief of the Harris County’s DA’s Office Vehicular Crimes Unit, said the driver of the other vehicle may face charges after his case is presented to a grand jury, according to Click2Houston.
“They would be under the failure to stop and render aid resulting in death, which is a second-degree felony,” Teare said of the unnamed driver’s potential charges.
Teare said there is no evidence the driver brandished a firearm during the incident.
Meanwhile, Gonzalez said that Zavala had been shopping and was “totally innocent” during the crash, according to a Twitter post. Zavala was a mother of two and grandmother of four.
“She was about to come home and get her stuff and say bye, and she was about to leave. She couldn’t say bye,” Jessica Gaspar, her daughter, was quoted by ABC13 as saying.
She added that the teen driver “did what he did. He took my mother’s life so he has to pay for what happened.”
The family has since set up a GoFundMe for the family of Zavala.
“Silvia Zavala, mother of two, was taken away from her family in a car accident. She was a mother full of joy and love, bringing light into everyone’s lives. Being a single a mother was never a setback for her, she was always smiling, dancing, and being the life of the party. Silvia loved being a mother and a grandmother. May she rest in peace, we love you Silvia and miss you so much,” it says.