Boy, 6, killed in Brazoria County crash that injured mom, three siblings


Counselors were on hand at Jeter Elementary Friday to help students and faculty deal with the tragic loss. The boy was a first grader there.

The wreck happened just before 7am Thursday near Highway 288 and County Road 56. There's a small memorial there now which well-wishers have erected.

Department of Public Safety investigators say the mother was in a minivan with her four children inside, eastbound on 56. They say she failed to yield to oncoming traffic. Her vehicle was struck by another traveling south on 288.

The impact forced them into the median. DPS says the driver of that minivan, Brenda Harden, was injured. Her six-year-old son, Brayden, died at the scene. DPS says he was not wearing his seat belt.

Folks stopping by the scene Friday afternoon say this is a treacherous intersection.

"I just did not phantom that it was kids. I'm devastated because I have children," said Arnetta Murray, who's concerned about the intersection.

"People tend to drive real fast in this area, exceptionally fast, going both north and south," concerned resident Lawrence Jasso said.

The scene is less than a half mile from the home where the family lives in Sterling Lakes. Some who know them say the mother was taking her children to school.

Harden's three other children also were injured. Her four-year-old was among those, and investigators say he is in critical condition. The driver of the other vehicle suffered a broken arm.

Again, DPS says the mother of the children failed to yield. It's unclear if she was actually cited.

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