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Teen Driver Charged in Texas After Pranks Lead to Deadly Vehicle Crash

January 16, 2019

HOUSTON, TX. – A teenage driver has been criminally charged in Texas in connection with a deadly vehicle crash that started with a series of pranks, according to an online news story from The driver and two other occupants of an SUV had been egging vehicles in Houston, Texas, prior to the fatal collision.* 

An unnamed 14-year-old boy took his father’s SUV out for a ride with two of his friends (also unnamed). The teens were egging cars on the roads of Houston, which apparently angered the driver of a Lincoln Continental. The Lincoln driver pursued the teens, and the 14-year-old ended up running a red light at about 60 mph in Harris County, Texas. 

Upon running the light, the teen crashed in T-bone fashion with a Ford F-150. The driver of the F-150, 45-year-old Silvia Zavala, died at the scene. Zavala was a mother of two who was in town visiting family and out shopping before returning home. 

All three occupants of the SUV were injured. The driver broke an ankle in the crash, and one of the passengers was hospitalized with unknown injuries. The other passenger in the SUV was not seriously injured. 

The driver of the Lincoln was not involved in the crash and fled the scene. He was later identified and has reportedly been cooperating with police. His name has not been released, but he could face charges of failing to stop and render aid resulting in death. 

The 14-year-old driver has reportedly been charged with murder. He will likely soon face a hearing at which a judge will decide whether he will be charged as a juvenile or an adult. He is currently being held at a juvenile detention center. 

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