Driver arrested for child's death

November 3, 2009 10:48:12 AM PST
Prosecutors Tuesday morning charged a man with intoxication manslaughter over the death of a little girl in northwest Harris County. Makaylin Angel, 6, died Monday night when an out of control SUV hit her grandmother and another child as they walked on the side of Cossey Road. Police believe the driver of that SUV, Larry Womack, was drunk. They say the man was at a nearby bar minutes before the crash.

"All the paramedics that worked on him said they smelled the odor of alcohol on him as well as there was a person who was a witness who observed him pull out of a bar right down the road from here, spin his tires and come down this road at a very high rate of speed," said Sgt. Susan Cotter of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

The grandmother and the other child who were with Makaylin at the time of the crash were not seriously hurt.

Womack remains hospitalized from the injuries he suffered in the crash. Court records show he has three previous DWI convictions in the years: 1978, 1997 and 2007.

Monday night's story

A 6-year-old girl is dead and a man is in critical condition after a car rollover.

It happened shortly after 6pm at Cossey near Hufsmith Kohrville.

A driver lost control of an SUV, driving off the road, Harris County Sheriff's deputies said. The driver attempted to overcorrect the mistake and began flipping.

A mother was walking two children -- ages 4 and 6 -- down the street at the time of the wreck. When she saw the out-of-control car coming toward her, deputies said she made a quick decision and shoved the 4 year old out of the way. But the 6-year-old was struck by the SUV, deputies said.

Relatives of the girl said they saw it all happen in slow motion.

"We was running down there and looked in the ditch," James Cossey said. "There was her and her mother down in the ditch. So we stopped and checked her for a pulse, and she had a faint pulse."

Cossey's 6-year-old niece was pronounced dead on arrival. The mother and 4-year-old sibling escaped with minor injuries. Deputies said the 62-year-old driver appeared to be drunk.

Cossey said he and his neighbors have seen this all too often.

"This happens all the time. That's probably the fourth or fifth wreck down here," he said. "(People) speeding."

Life Flight flew the driver to Hermann Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition, deputies said. He will face a charge of intoxication manslaughter.

The bar the man left before the wreck is also being investigated.

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