Suspect Pedro Alberto Hernández was serving a five-year probation sentence for driving while intoxicated on two other occasions.
HOUSTON – A 6-year-old boy has died after he was struck by a suspected drunk driver in the city’s southwest on Saturday afternoon.
The victim’s grandfather told investigators the driver struck the boy three times in the parking lot of a laundromat in the 9700 block of Leawood Street around 6 p.m.
A judge set a combined $600,000 bond for suspect Pedro Alberto Hernandez, who authorities say was serving a five-year sentence of probation for driving while intoxicated.
Hernandez now faces charges of driving while intoxicated and murder.
According to court documents, the 6-year-old boy was walking through the laundromat parking lot with his grandfather when he was hit by Hernandez. The grandfather yelled at Hernandez, who allegedly braked and backed up to hit the boy again. The grandfather yelled at Hernández again and the driver hit the little boy a third time.
The grandfather said Hernandez laughed in front of the grandfather and tried to leave the scene, but the grandfather managed to get Hernandez out of the vehicle and held him until officers arrived on scene.
Hernandez admitted to downing four 16-ounce beers before going to the laundromat where he was going to meet someone who owed him money. The suspect told officers that he did not look at anyone in the parking lot.
Hernandez is scheduled for a court hearing this Monday.
According to records, the suspect told police that he consumed four 16-ounce beers while parked before he struck the minor who was walking with his grandfather in a parking lot. https://t.co/eXxT5eUjg5
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