Police: Fleeing driver causes fatal wreck in west Houston

August 6, 2013 6:06:45 PM PDT
A man is dead after police say his car was hit by a driver who was fleeing the scene of another accident. The victim was just headed to work in west Houston when his vehicle was sent into a cement truck. His family is trying to come to grips with his sudden death.

The accident happened just before 7am on Westheimer near Eldrige, and the police investigation shut the intersection down for about four hours.

The family of Natividad Alanis is in mourning. They say he was the man behind the wheel of an Impala, on his way to work Tuesday morning, when a silver pickup truck slammed into the driver's side, killing him.

"That was my baby," cried Diana Alanis, the victim's mother.

(sot) victor senties/houston police It was her actions that caused the death of this male. Houston police say Dalia Iris Alfaro, 18, was in another accident in the silver pickup truck at Kirkwood and Westheimer. A Houston police officer stopped her but she took off again, blowing through several traffic lights before hitting the Impala and a Mazda, finally crashing head-on into a cement truck. An officer was in pursuit.

"It was her actions that caused the death of this male," said Victor Senties with the Houston Police Department. "She showed signs of being impaired. We don't know if it was alcohol or if it was something else."

Alfaro's 19th birthday is Thursday. She suffered minor injuries, as did the driver of the Mazda. But the Alanis family is left without a son, uncle and brother -- a loss they find hard to comprehend.

"He was a good man," Diana Alanis said. "He was loved by so many."

Alfaro has been discharged from the hospital. We're told a blood draw was performed on her. There's no word yet what charges she will face.

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