On February 28, 2018, Veronica Rivas allegedly rear-ended a car driven by Shayla Joseph. Ms. Joseph's 9-month-old daughter was also in the car, and both she and her daughter were killed. Ms. Rivas was said to have been traveling at a high speed when the crash occurred on the southbound service road of the Gulf Freeway near El Dorado.
On Friday night, an SUV driven by 27-year-old Jonathan Mendez was allegedly involved in a minor collision. It happened at about 9:30 p.m., near the intersection of Hempstead Highway and West Tidwell Road. Rather than stop and provide information, Mendez reportedly sped away from the scene. Later, at the intersection of Leghorn Street and Guhn Road, he lost control of the vehicle. He left the roadway and hit a tree, killing his female passenger. Mendez was taken to the hospital, and now he faces charges of intoxicated manslaughter for the death of the passenger.