A 2-year-old girl was sent flying into the air when an intoxicated driver chose to run a red light and slammed into a minivan carrying a mom and her two small children.
The tragedy unfolded on US-290 near Bingle Road, Houston when a Ford truck driver “showing signs of intoxication” ran a red light and ended up hitting a Toyota minivan that struck a third vehicle at around 3:15 p.m.
Chief of the Vehicular Crimes Division for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Sean Teare said that the truck made an “egregious red light run” and smashed into the minivan, ejecting the toddler from it.
The child died at a local hospital shortly afterward. The unidentified driver was arrested for DUI and “potentially traveling over the speed limit.”
“If we can confirm that, those are some serious charges – either manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide,” Teare said, adding that the incident was “horrific.”
“Any time anyone loses life on the road, it’s tragic. But when you see the aftermath of a little one who’s still in diapers losing their life, it adds something to it for all of us.”