Person of interest in fatal crash in custody

October 20, 2011 11:08:42 AM PDT
Houston police continue to question a man they are calling a person of interest in Tuesday night's deadly hit-and-run accident on Dowling Street. A Texas Southern University law student was killed and two others were hurt when a fleeing suspect crashed his vehicle into theirs.

Police have a person of interest in custody. Police told Eyewitness News the teen went with his uncle Wednesday night to the Harris Co. Precinct 6 Constable's Office. Houston police then picked him up and brought him to jail.

The person of interest has been named by police as Daniel Garcia Palacios, 17. He remains in the jail at this hour, but no charges have been filed as of yet.

Palacios was taken into custody in relation to that deadly hit-and-run crash on Tuesday night, in which the driver of a Buick police believe belonged to Palacios' uncle, ran a red light, plowing into a Nissan Altima carrying Halley Catherine Shaw.

Shaw, 27, died at the scene. She was a second year law student at TSU and was riding in the backseat of the vehicle when the crash happened at the corner of Dowling and Cleburne.

We caught up with a man who identified himself as Daniel Palacios' cousin. He did not wish to discuss the crash, but said he genuinely felt for the families involved.

"It's been hard, because seeing him growing up with us, it's like we never thought this would ever happen. Like to him, and you know, his family, and we just thought when they came and asked us, we couldn't believe it," said Manuel Palacios.

Since Daniel Palacios was booked into jail, authorities have 24 hours to file charges against him.

Shaw's friends went to the crash scene the day after her death, and are remembering her at the law school.

"Really big plans for the future and she was a very ambitious girl and she'll be missed," said Olivia Mathias, one of the victim's best friends.

"She will be missed as a friend and as a peer in the classroom," said another friend, Philip Larmond.

Stay with Eyewitness News and for the latest on this story.

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