A 36-year-old mother and her 3-month-old son were killed in a drunk driving crash that occurred in Clear Lake, Texas on February 28, 2018. They are survived by Bryan Joseph who lost his wife and son in this accident. A 20-year-old woman named Veronica Rivas is now being charged for this incident along with three other people. Rivas is being charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter after slamming her vehicle into another vehicle killing this mother and her infant son.
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.
Early on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, Shayla Joseph and her 9-month-old daughter were headed southbound on the feeder road of the Gulf Freeway near Clear Lake at El Dorado. Suddenly, an SUV traveling at a high speed slammed into the back of the compact car in which they were riding, killing both.
A drunk driver killed a woman and her baby early Wednesday morning in Clear Lake. At the scene, the underage drunk driver admitted that she was coming from a bar-another pair of tragic deaths apparently caused by a bar's irresponsible sale of alcohol.
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.
Though we aren't far into July, two local officials have already been charged with impaired driving this month in separate incidents.
Erlene Gomez, 91, died Thursday night after being struck by a hit-and-run driver at Heights Boulevard and 15th Street in the Heights in Houston. According to KHOU News, Gomez was struck from behind by a white Toyota SUV while walking down 15th Street after getting off a bus. According to a witness, the driver left the scene slowly, and police believe the driver lives in the neighborhood.
A deadly motor vehicle collision occurred in the early morning hours of Monday, and police are investigating to determine if alcohol was involved.
It's no secret that Houston roads can be hazardous. Making matters worse is the fact that Houston roads are becoming more congested as the population swells. With this increasing congestion comes an increase in crash rates. A recent report from the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) examined data regarding traffic crashes in the region over a five year period.
Once again, tragedy strikes on our local roadways. And, once again, alcohol is suspected.