Good Samaritan, teen killed by alleged drunk driver

December 25, 2009 1:41:07 PM PST
Three families are facing a tragedy right before Christmas, and it's all following a deadly crash police say happened after a driver was drinking. The crash killed two people including a 17-year-old girl. Right now, deputies say the driver who caused the crash is in jail.

It all started when a family pulled over because they were having car trouble on the Eastex Freeway and Lee in northeast Harris County Wednesday night.

A curve in the road, speed and a few drinks were all factors in a late night crash, according to investigators, that left a mangled mess, killed two people and seriously injured another. A bayou below may have saved a little boy's life.

"It's a miracle he's still with us," said Sgt. S. Wolverton of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

It happened on the Eastex Freeway near Lee Road around 11pm. Investigators say a woman with her 17-year-old daughter and her 10-year-old son were traveling along the Eastex Freeway when their Scion had a flat tire. They pulled over around the Lee Road exit. That's when a man pulled over to help the family.

The 39-year-old woman and her two children were standing in front of their car. According to authorities, a Jeep drifted off the road and into the right shoulder of the freeway, smashing into the car. The driver of the Jeep, says authorities, admitted to drinking alcohol.

"He said, 'I was driving too fast. I came around the curve, I drifted over and I struck the vehicle that was on the side of the road," said Sgt. Wolverton. "When asked if he'd been drinking, he said he had three or four a couple hours ago."

The driver, identified as Roy Boston, 50, was arrested. At his northeast Houston home, the door is padlocked. Neighbors say he works for the Houston Independent School District, often stopping by to check the mail in one of the district's trucks.

"He drives a maintenance truck. They have a ladder on it, it's a company truck, HISD truck," said neighbor Grover Jermany.

On Christmas Eve, Boston is in the Harris County Jail, charged with seriously injuring the mother and killing her 17-year-old daughter and the Good Samaritan. The impact also threw the mother's 10-year-old boy over the retaining wall. He fell more than 20 feet into the bayou below and luckily was able to walk away.

"Miraculously, he is OK and was able to crawl back up. He was transported. He did have injuries, but they were minor injuries," said Sgt. Wolverton. "It's amazing he had as few injuries as he had."

The medical examiner has not yet identified either of the victims. The suspect has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault. His total bond is $150,000.

A spokesperson for HISD could not confirm Boston's employment there because no one is around due to the holiday break.

The mother remains in critical condition in the hospital.


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