One dead in alleged prank gone awry

April 25, 2009 5:01:32 PM PDT
A teenager was killed in a car crash in northwest Houston. What led to that crash is still being sorted out by police and they are looking into claims it all started with a dangerous prank. Police said six teenagers were in the vehicle and they were all students at Waltrip High School. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The deadly scene at Overhill and Oak Forest in northwest Houston is not a scene anyone would expect down a quiet residential road. An SUV flipped on its side, leaving one teenager dead. Rosemary Holt was in her backyard when she heard the commotion.

"I heard someone yelling, 'Get away from me. Don't touch me.' I had no idea what it was," said Holt. "There was a man lying on the ground with blood all over his face."

Authorities believe the driver of a white Nissan SUV failed to yield the right of way to the driver of a Saturn van. The impact was so hard that it flipped the Nissan and sent the Saturn crashing into a house.

The driver of the Saturn, Kathy Bruns, said, "All I know is that I was going home from picking my son up from school and all the sudden I was careening into the house."

Police said they have received reports that the teenagers had been speeding through the neighborhood, allegedly shooting pellets at cars along the street. Authorities said two pellet guns were found in the SUV and they're checking to see if those claims are legitimate.

"We found some pellets in packaging. At this point, we don't know if it's been used or not," said HPD officer Derrick Hall.

In the meantime, friends of the six teenagers were still trying to make sense of what happened. They were saddened even more to think that this may have been the result of a high school prank.

We are told by police that the young teenager who died at Ben Taub Hospital was 16 years old. One other teen was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital and four other teens were taken to Spring Branch Hospital. No word on their condition.

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