Three valet drivers for clubs in southwest Houston were fatally run down by a driver who then crashed into a ditch late Saturday night, Houston Police Department said.
Before hitting the valets around 11 p.m., the suspect was doing donuts and burnouts before he sped away as an officer attempted to stop him near Fountain View and Fairdale, police said.
The three valets, who were walking along the side of the road to get cars, died at the scene. The suspect and his passenger were taken to trauma centers, police said.
“One person decided they didn’t want to get a ticket or potentially get arrested for a misdemeanor,” Sean Teare, chief of the Harris County District Attorney Vehicular Crimes division, said. “We’ve all had an opportunity to at least look at some dash cam footage. We’re still collecting a lot more evidence before we close this scene up.
The driver faces up to four felony charges once it is determined whether he was intoxicated.
Although the HPD traffic division is analyzing the suspect for intoxication, Teare said this may not effect the potential charges, as the charges are as high as they can be with each felony carrying anywhere from 5 years to life in prison.
Teare said HPD and HCDA watched dashcam footage of the incident provided by the pursuing officer. The driver was travelling at least 60 MPH on the residential road.
“You can see the speed accelerate, and we’re not talking about a large street, Fairdale,” he said.When this individual struck those three valets he went from a felony evading arrest to a felony murder. That’s a third degree felony up to three charges of first degree felony. We’re talking about three individuals who were just out here working. They were out here doing their job. They were coming back from parking cars to get more cars.”
No identities were released.
The story is developing.