Baby dies after car crashes into home

Police say David Chacon, 19, ran a stop sign and crashed into the home on Coral Street in southeast Houston around 4am Sunday. Four-month-old Elizabeth Cedillo was asleep in the home at the time.

May 4, 2010 6:48:51 AM PDT
A four-month-old baby girl who police say was hit by a drunk driver while asleep in her family's home has died. Ignacio Cedillo's home is nearly destroyed, but he said he would gladly trade everything he has to save his critically injured four-month-old granddaughter Elizabeth.

On Sunday, prosecutors say David Chacon, 19, was driving drunk when he crashed into the house at Coral at Satsuma, hitting baby Elizabeth, who was asleep in a front room, and then fled the scene. The infant was critically injured, and was on life support at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Chacon is charged with intoxication assault and failure to stop and render aid. But now that baby Elizabeth has died, it is expected that the charge against him will be upgraded to intoxication manslaughter.

The baby's grandfather spoke to us about what he believes should happen to the teenage driver. Cedillo says all he can ask is that the driver receives the maximum the law allows.

Chacon, at 19 years old, is below the legal drinking age. Prosecutors have not told us where they believe he was drinking prior to the crash.

Chacon makes his first court appearance Tuesday morning.


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