Father charged with homicide after girl strikes man walking dog

12-year-old killed man and dog with car, now her dad is facing homicide charge

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On Thursday afternoon, a man who was walking his dog in Houston, Texas, was struck by a vehicle being driven by a 12-year-old girl. Both the man and his dog were killed. According to multiple sources, the child’s father is now facing a homicide charge.

As reported by Fox News, 42-year-old Tomas Mejia is charged with negligent homicide and endangering a child because he allowed his daughter to take the wheel of a Ford Explorer in the parking lot of an apartment complex. According to Mercury News, Mejia was letting his daughter “practice” driving. A police report states that the girl accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and accelerated at a high speed into the man who was walking his dog, before striking a tree.

The man who died after the SUV hit him is identified as 40-year-old Enrique Vazquez – the dog he was walking died shortly after being struck.

Prior article about this tragic situation here.

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2 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    Sounds about right to me, a 12 year old has no business driving a car, they are too young to even have a permit. A poor man and his dog died because of it, I hope they throw the book at the POS who thought it was a good idea to let his kid drive around a parking area.


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