In the crime near Bissonnet Street and Leawood Boulevard, 52-year-old Pedro Alberto Hernandez hit 6-year-old Darien Lewis while he was walking in a parking lot with his grandfather, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Court documents state that Hernandez hit Lewis, ran over his body several times with his SUV, smirked as the grandfather pulled him from the car and, with help from Good Samaritans, pinned him to the hood.
When the police arrived, Hernandez admitted that he had consumed four 16-ounce beers while driving in his SUV. He said he did not see Lewis before he hit him. Hernandez said his wife offered to drive him to the laundromat where he struck Lewis, but he refused the ride.
Hernandez has two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated—once in Harris County in 2015 and again in Freestone County in 2016.
Police charged Hernandez with murder and driving while intoxicated, and Judge Natalia Cornelio set a $950,000 bond but delayed his hearing to find him a lawyer who can speak Spanish.
In the crime on Nairn St., 22-year-old Rene Alfredo Alvarado-Lopez hit and killed a 2-year-old boy with his green Dodge Ram pickup truck. The boy was walking to an ice cream truck with his parents.
After Alvarado-Lopez hit the boy, he tried to flee from the parking lot. When parademics arrived, they pronounced the boy dead.
“Witnesses pursued him and caught up to his vehicle outside the front of the apartment complex,” where they held him down until the police arrived, according to a press release from the Houston Police Department.
Alvarado-Lopez, a Salvadoran national, said he drank five 32-ounce beers before he killed the boy. The last time police arrested him, he had been released on bond by Collin County, Texas on a DUI charge.
Police charged Alvarado-Lopez with intoxicated manslaughter and failure to render aid after an accident. He is in the Harris County Jail, which has notified ICE about his illegal presence in the United States.