Egg-Throwing Joyride Leads to Murder Charges for Texas Teen, Says Sheriff
by Bob Price on January 3, 2019 at 12:28 PM
What began as a New Years Day teenagers’ joyride in an SUV led to a crash that left a Texas woman dead and a 14-year-old boy charged with murder. The county sheriff says the boy crashed into the woman’s pickup truck after being pursued by a car the teens allegedly egged.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted that a 14-year-old boy and two of his teenage friends were throwing eggs at other cars prior to a crash that killed an innocent woman returning home from a shopping trip. One of the egging victims apparently began chasing the teens in the SUV, who subsequently sped through an intersection striking the victim’s broadside.
Aldine Mail Route fatal crash: the 14-year-old & his two teen passengers were reportedly throwing eggs at other cars just prior to the crash. A separate car gave chase at a high rate of speed & the teen ran the Ted light striking other truck.— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) January 2, 2019
The Houston Chronicle obtained security video footage from a nearby business that shows the violent impact. The Lincoln can also be seen speeding away and nearly crashing into a ditch on the opposite side of the road.
Sheriff Gonzalez said that the egged vehicle, a gold/yellow Lincoln, chased the boys into the intersection.
Aldine Mail Route fatal: the initial car that gave chase described as older model gold/yellow Lincoln, w white top & elbow rims. The deceased female was totally innocent; seems she had just gone shopping based on some debris strewn at scene. #HouNews pic.twitter.com/HqqYFyhYuO— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) January 2, 2019
The driver of the Lincoln allegedly brandished a handgun during the chase, the Chronicle reported. Police have since located the driver who could face felony charges for failing to stop and render aid to the woman who died in the crash.
“I believe enough evidence exists to present that to a grand jury,” Harris County Assistant District Attorney Sean Teare told the local newspaper. She went on to say that the woman killed in the crash was “the only person who was doing nothing wrong.”
Officials identified the woman who died in the crash as 45-year-old Silvia Zavala. The teenage driver and the driver of the Lincoln have not been publicly identified.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Thomas Gilliland told the newspaper that the other teens in the car are not yet facing charges. The driver is charged with murder because he was allegedly committing a state jail felony through the unauthorized use of a vehicle, causing a deadly crash, he said.
The owner of the SUV involved in the incident has also not been named by authorities.