Driver accused of fleeing fatal crash appears in court

March 17, 2011 10:06:46 AM PDT
The driver accused in a deadly hit-and-run accident that killed a pregnant mother and her son appeared before a judge Thursday morning for the first time.

Police say 28-year-old Moises Alvarenga confessed to running away after causing the deadly crash on the Ship Channel Bridge last weekend. Alvarenga was in court today to hear the charges against him.

He's a Honduran national who faces two counts of accident involving injury or death. For now, he's being held on $200,000 bond, and there is an immigration hold on him as well.

Police say Alvarenga was driving on the Ship Channel Bridge on Saturday about 5:50pm alongside a van in which 35-year-old Luz Campos, her 12-year-old son, David, and four other people were riding. Police say Alvarenga made an unsafe lane change, causing the driver of the van to swerve and hit the concrete wall of the bridge. Both Luz and David were thrown from the van over the bridge and to the ground below. They died at the scene.

Relatives of the Campos told us earlier this week that Luz Campos was five months pregnant.

Four other persons in the van were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in fair condition. Alvarenga and a passenger of the Sebring fled on foot.

Police say further investigation led to the identification of Alvarenga as the driver of the Chrysler Sebring. Alvarenga was arrested on Wednesday.

According to investigators, Alvarenga confessed to running off because he didn't have a license, had been drinking, and was in the country illegally.

A passenger, who was also with him and ran, has talked to police but is not facing charges in the crash.