The sheriff's office says the man crashed into two tow trucks at a high rate of speed Wednesday afternoon in the 2400 block of W. Mount Houston, killing his 8-year-old son and injuring his 5-year-old son.
The 5-year-old was taken to the hospital along with his father.
"Just a very horrific scene. It appears the children had been picked up at a school, You can still see the backpack on them, so it's just a very horrific sight," Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. "It's just heartbreaking."
Preliminary indications are that the 8-year-old boy killed in today's crash on W Mt. Houston wasn't wearing a seat belt. Parents take note: Always use appropriate car seats and seat belts. More child safety info from @TxDPS: https://t.co/axlm9bpPBc— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) November 7, 2018
Deputies said the man went through a red light around 1:40 p.m. before slamming into the tow trucks.
Alcohol is believed to have played a role in the crash.
"There's evidence that he was intoxicated at the time of this fatal accident, so we are pursuing a murder charge," Gonzalez said.
UPDATE for 2400 block of West Mount Houston. One child is confirmed deceased on scene,one child was transported in critical condition,one adult transported in critical condition. #hounews— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) November 7, 2018
HCSO traffic units are working a fatality accident at 2449 W Mount Houston. One person is confirmed on scene, a child has been transported ,unknown condition at this time. Please avoid the area major delays are expected while investigators are working pic.twitter.com/YrLj3zBx5H— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) November 7, 2018