Injured girl, 17, abandoned in home's attic after wreck in Friendswood

Investigators say the girl and her friends were involved in a crash. But she ended up in a home's attic instead of a hospital
November 25, 2013 10:00:00 PM PST
Charges are now filed after a bizarre case in Friendswood. Investigators say a teenage girl and her friends were involved in a crash, then they went looking for help. She ended up in a home's attic instead of a hospital.

William Fitzpatrick, 20, turned himself in to Friendswood police after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He's accused of abandoning 17-year-old Jordan Rice, a teenager with a broken pelvis, in the attic of an unoccupied house.

"Isn't that weird? I would have never thought that. And it was cold that night, and obviously it could not have been very comfortable in that attic," neighbor Lonnie Moffitt said.

Neighbors in the newly constructed West Ranch subdivision say just before 2am Saturday, Fitzpatrick was ringing doorbells here looking for help.

"She went to the door and it was a young man out there without any shirt on and they could see from the window that there was a lady lying in the driveway, obviously in pain," Moffitt said.

Neighbors called police but investigators say Fitzpatrick didn't wait. Turns out, detectives found his Hummer 3 in a ditch after an apparent rollover accident on South Friendswood.

Police say he carried the injured teen up into the attic of a home through an open garage. Police found Rice there in tremendous pain, but there was no sign of Fitzpatrick until he surrendered to police.

Fitzpatrick is now charged with felony accident causing injury. He is out on a $20,000. If convicted, Fitzpatrick could face the same penalty as that for intoxication manslaughter ? two to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Rice is expected to recover.

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