Teen charged in hit-and-run crash that killed TSU law student

Daniel Garcia Palacios, 17, is charged with manslaughter and accident involving injury/death in the 228th State District Court.

October 21, 2011 8:13:06 AM PDT
A teen driver has been charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed a Texas Southern University law student.

Daniel Garcia Palacios, 17, is charged with manslaughter and accident involving injury/death in the 228th State District Court.

Police say HPD patrol officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call at 3902 Hamilton shortly after 11pm Tuesday. Officers arrived and say they saw two Hispanic males inside a gray Buick LeSabre. Officers gave verbal commands for both suspects to exit the vehicle and as the passenger exited, the driver immediately fled the scene in the vehicle.

As HPD patrol units searched the area, Houston police say they observed an accident had just occurred at 4100 Dowling near Cleburne. A preliminary investigation determined one of the vehicles involved was the suspect's vehicle from Hamilton.

Further investigation determined the Buick was traveling eastbound on Cleburne at a high rate of speed when it ran the red light and struck a gray Nissan Altima. Halley Catherine Shaw, the back seat passenger in the Altima, was killed and the other two persons in the Altima were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Shaw, 27, a second year TSU law student, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Houston police, further investigation identified Palacios as the suspect in this case. On Wednesday, he turned himself into police without incident. Police say he has admitted to investigators his role in this incident.

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