HOUSTON – A twice-deported man kills a Texas teenager after crashing his vehicle into another car while on drugs. The teen was on her way to the movies with her family.
Edy Lopez-Hernandez, 27, was charged with “murder, intoxication assault and failure to stop and render aid in connection with the crash” after he collided with the vehicle carrying 17-year-old Britney Baez and her family on Saturday.
Houston Police Department said Lopez-Hernandez fled the scene of the collision with his 2-year-old son, who was in the car. Moreover, a witness stopped Lopez-Hernandez and told him to return to the crash scene, KTRK reported.
Baez’s sister, Nicole Baez, told KTRK that she was in the backseat with her sister when a car slammed into the rear of the vehicle they were traveling in.
“We were on the way and we just stopped at that light,” Nicole Baez recalled.
“I just remember sitting down on the sidewalk, my mom was still screaming my sister’s name. I can hear my dad asking for water. I could sort of see people around me, that’s when my arm started killing me,” she continued.
Furthermore, their father was critically injured in the collision. He is now in a hospital’s intensive care unit.
Police said Lopez-Hernandez was detained and transported to a hospital once he returned to the scene of the crash. At the hospital investigators determined he was “under the influence of narcotics.” His toddler son was also taken to a hospital for treatment.
A law enforcement source told KTRK that Lopez-Hernandez appeared to be driving at 70 mph at the time of the crash. Records showed that he had been deported on two occasions.
“We’re going to always think of you and you’re going to always be in our hearts,” Baez’s cousin, Nancy Gomez, told KTRK.
Illegal immigration and sanctuary cities continue to be a hot topic in the country. Cases like this will frequently spur comments demanding that politicians adhere to federal immigration law.
— Hank Scobey (@SignOff2016) May 30, 2018