Driver awaits hearing on deadly prom night crash charges

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Edin Palacios, 26, is accused of causing the wreck that killed a girl after she left the prom

A suspected drunk driver accused of killing a teenager on her way home from the prom will face a judge tomorrow for the first time.

Edin Palacios, 26, is charged in the death of 18-year-old Jocelynn Valero.

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There is a growing memorial at the intersection where a teen was killed returning from prom with her date.

Houston Police say Palacios was running from police when his pickup truck struck the car carrying Valero and her prom date.

Valero died at the scene of the violent crash, while her date was transported the hospital for surgery. He survived the wreck along with Palacios, who only had minor injuries.

The victim's sister and cousins described the teen as having a big smile and an even bigger heart.

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The victim's family says she had hopes to go to college after graduation.

Valero was nominated for prom queen by classmates at Yes Prep North Central campus.

"She had a bright future ahead of her," Valero's sister Analisa Valero says. "This isn't fair. I'm angry. I wanted to see her get married, I wanted to see her have kids."

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A student from KIPP Academy has died in a crash in north Houston

A vigil was held at the scene of the crash last night on the North Freeway feeder road near Tidwell.

Palacios is charged with murder and evading arrest.

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