A Houston man was charged with negligent murder and endangering a toddler Friday after police say his 12-year-old daughter drove an SUV into a person and his canine, killing them each.
Prosecutors say Tomas Mejia, 42, was charged as a result of he allowed a “youngster to function a motorized vehicle with no driver’s license and no driving expertise.” Every cost carries a sentence of up two years in jail.
Police say Mejia allowed his daughter to drive a black Ford Explorer within the car parking zone of an condominium complicated on the similar time Enrique Vazquez, 46, was strolling his canine within the space. Investigators say the woman hit the accelerator, putting Vazquez, one in every of his canine and a tree. Vazquez was pronounced lifeless on the scene by paramedics and the canine that was struck later died.
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“You possibly can’t permit a younger youngster to drive in a populated place,” Sean Teare, chief of the Harris County District Legal professional’s Workplace informed KPRC. “It’s a tragic crash. It’s a tragic incident and occurs all too usually in our neighborhood.”
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“It’s by no means okay to let a 12-year-old drive a automobile,” Lynn Nguyen, with the Harris County District Attorneys Vehicular Crimes unit informed the outlet. “Twelve years previous is means too younger even when a mum or dad is within the seat.”
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Mejia was detained, subsequently charged and appeared in courtroom for the primary time on Friday evening.