19-year-old to be charged in drunk driving crash that killed young mother, police say

SOUTH HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A young mother was killed after a 19-year-old who authorities said was drunk crashed into her vehicle off the Gulf Freeway in South Houston.

It happened in the 1500 block of College Avenue, east of the Gulf Freeway.

Authorities said 23-year-old Taylor Phillips was driving an SUV with her mother and her 1-year-old son inside when Erick Hernandez crossed three lanes of traffic in his pickup truck and slammed into her head-on.

Surveillance video from an auto repair shop shows the wreck.

The young woman died at the scene. Her 48-year-old mother and her baby were taken to the hospital in serious condition, but with non-life-threatening injuries.

The victim's family tells us both are now at home recovering.

Officials say Hernandez will be charged with intoxication manslaughter.

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A mother was killed by a suspected drunk driver who is just 19-years-old, police say.

According to court records, Hernandez told police he was drinking at a bar with his cousin before the crash.

"We believe that he spent well over $100 at the bar drinking alcohol that day," said Sean Teare, with the Harris Co. District Attorney's Vehicular Crimes Unit.

A fake Texas identification card, along with a bar receipt, were discovered in Hernandez's car after the crash, documents say.

Court records also show that Hernandez admitted to officers that he drank four or five beers and that he had been drinking since 6 p.m. Sunday.

He couldn't recall when he had his last drink.

Documents say that Hernandez had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and poor balance immediately after the crash.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office is investigating whether the bar overserved him.

"I just know that a 19-year-old individual came out of that establishment highly intoxicated and moments later took a 23-year-old's life. That shouldn't happen," said Teare. "Someone in addition to that 19-year-old is going to have to answer for that."

The district attorney's office says the suspect is believed to have been drinking at Frontera Events Venue in the 1200 block of Houston Boulevard.

The employees and owner could face a charge for serving to a minor and serving someone while they're intoxicated.

"If an establishment, if a server sees somebody who is intoxicated, they've got to stop serving. They've got to take steps to ensure that person doesn't leave their establishment and kill people."

Investigators tell us the bar already has six TABC violations this year that include selling to minors.

More charges will be filed if prosecutors can determine who was serving him.

The district attorney's office is also considering action to try to shut down the business.

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Police said the other driver involved in the deadly accident may have been intoxicated.

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