Bayou Body Count: Cars Kill People, Too
With all the shootings that happen in Houston every week, it's easy to forget that there are lots of other ways to kill people, too. Take the car, for instance.
On Monday, Harris County Sheriff's deputies filed murder charges against Cesar Gomez for allegedly running someone over intentionally.
Investigators say that Gomez, 21, and a few friends got into a fight with 16-year-old Rubelin Castro and his buddies on September 3. When Castro and his crew began walking away, Gomez, who was driving a white Ford van, jumped a street curb, drove through the yard of a home at the corner of Duckett Park Drive and Sutton Meadows Drive and intentionally ran over Castro, authorities say.
Detectives were later able to round up the passengers in the van, who identified Gomez as the wheel-man. Gomez has not yet been arrested and is a wanted man.
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Houston police have also charged a motorist, this time with the deaths of a 25-year-old woman and a four-year-old.
Police say that Juan Dubon was driving a gray Plymouth Voyager on Sunday afternoon westbound on the South Sam Houston Tollway when he ran a red light and slammed into a black Ford Explorer that was carrying the toddler and the woman. The impact forced the Ford into a nearby Chevy Trailblazer and both cars slid into a traffic light pole and burst into flames, police say.
The two people inside the Trailblazer were able to scramble out of their car but the woman and the four-year-old were trapped and died. Dubon, 39, has been arrested and charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide.
On Saturday evening, Rolando Comacho was driving a white Ford Expedition along West Loop North when he rear-ended a Ford Focus, police say. The crash forced both cars off of the freeway and a 24-year-old woman was thrown from the Focus and killed.
Police say Comacho fled on the foot but was soon captured and arrested.
Sometimes, the killer uses a knife.
Early Thursday morning, Harris County Sheriff's deputies got a call about a dead body at 611 West Drive. When they arrived, deputies found Christina Lewis in her room, killed from an apparent stab wound.
The next day, sheriff's investigators arrested Robin Prince, 36, of Crosby and booked him on the charge of murder. He is being held without bond, authorities say.
Finally, deputies have arrested John Wayne Tirado and charged him with the September 8 killing of Kyree DeWitt.
DeWitt was found shot to death in her car near the Autumn Tree Apartments at 200 Hollow Drive, authorities say. Drugs and several hundred bucks were found in her car.
Tirado, who investigators believe is hiding out in the Tomball or Magnolia area, has allegedly told numerous people that he will not be taken alive, deputies say. He is considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information about these investigations is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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