In Houston, Texas, a woman was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver on Saturday evening just moments after she fed a group of stray dogs. The 63-year old woman had been riding a bicycle in a northeast Houston neighborhood.
According to Click2Houston, the car had been traveling along John Ralston Road at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control and crossed oncoming traffic striking the woman. The victim was carried a few hundred feet before the vehicle crashed into a tree and threw the woman.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. An empty bag of dog food was found nearby, and a dog leash was lodged in the grill of the car. Witnesses told officers from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the woman came to the same location every day to feed the stray dogs. There were additional reports the vehicle that struck her had been traveling at speeds of 100 mph before the crash.
The driver of the car was pulled to safety by witnesses at the scene and transported to an area hospital. He has been charged with intoxication manslaughter. Authorities state he had been under the influence of drugs.
Once the man is discharged from the hospital, he will be taken to jail and will be held on a $40,000 bond.
The man was identified Sunday morning by Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez as 33-year-old Maikon Tabarez. Gonzalez identified the woman by the surname Porter on Twitter.
An investigation continues.
(Photo via Harris County Sheriff’s Office)
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