Suspected drunk driver hits family leaving rodeo

March 8, 2011 4:21:07 PM PST
A woman is speaking out about her family's terrifying trip to the Houston Rodeo Monday night. She, her three kids and husband were hit by a suspected drunk driver. Police can't say whether the accused drunk driver was leaving the rodeo. But the family from Porter was. It was their first trip there, ever.

Victim Candice Youngblood said, "We saw a miracle last night."

Youngblood remembers the very moment Monday night when she knew something was wrong.

She said, "I heard a lot of commotion. I heard the police men shouting."

She, her husband and their three children, ages 9, 4 and 2, were walking out of Reliant Stadium after seeing Tim McGraw perform.

"All I remember is the car taking the turn," Youngblood said. "It took the turn and it slid onto the sidewalk. And that's when it struck us."

Police say Nicholas Jackson, 31, drove the wrong way on Kirby at a high rate of speed, and that Jackson made a sharp left onto Murworth, hitting a barricade and then the Youngbloods. Two of the children were just feet from the curb.

"God was with us," Youngblood said. "We were struck, but we were protected."

Miraculously, Youngblood says, none of them suffered any major injuries, just scrapes and bruises. They were treated at the hospital and sent home.

Police say Jackson fled but was arrested a block away. He faces a charge of failure to stop and render aid and driving while intoxicated.

"I think it's selfishness to do that. I really do," Youngblood said. "I believe that sometimes people come to a place in their life and they don't know what else to do with their time and they do some crazy stupid stuff."

Jackson has a lengthy criminal history dating back to the late 1990's, including convictions for assault, drug possession, evading and auto theft. If she had the chance to talk to him, Youngblood says she would tell Jackson this incident should be a wakeup call for him.

"I would tell him God loves you so much," she said. "He loves you so much! And he wants you to turn to him."

The Youngbloods are going to be OK. They say they might even go to rodeo Houston again, though maybe not till next year.

Our viewers tipped us off to the story with iWitness pictures of ambulances on Murworth and Kirby near Reliant Park Monday night.