22-year-old accused of driving drunk in hit-and-run crash that killed 2-year-old boy

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Monday, October 3, 2022
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The 22-year-old suspect is charged with intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid -- two felony charges.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A 22-year-old man is facing two charges after a 2-year-old boy was killed in a hit-and-run crash on Saturday in southwest Houston.

Rene Alfredo Alvarado Lopez is charged with intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid.

He appeared in probable cause court on Monday, where a judge set his bond at $200,000 total -- $100,000 for each felony charge.

If Alvarado Lopez meets his bond, the judge said he must obtain a portable alcohol testing device, be subjected to drug and alcohol testing, surrender his passport or other travel documents, stay in Harris County and adhere to a curfew.

The court determined that he is considered a flight risk and risk to community safety.

The decision on whether he can be eligible for personal bonds will be deferred to his next court appearance.

It was revealed in court that Alvarado Lopez is not a U.S. citizen and is from El Salvador. He has reportedly been in the U.S. for seven years and in the Houston area for five.

Alvarado Lopez was reportedly already out on bond for a driving while intoxicated charge in Collin County. Officials said he failed to appear in court for that charge and other previous charges.

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The incident happened in the 8400 block of Nairn Street near Gessner Road around 4:25 p.m. on Saturday.

Houston police said Alvarado Lopez was driving a green Dodge Ram pickup truck through the parking lot of an apartment complex when he struck a child walking in the driveway area.

He drove off after striking the child, but witnesses followed him, police said. The witnesses eventually caught up to his vehicle outside of the apartment complex and were able to detain him until officers arrived.

Witnesses told police they saw the suspect drinking out of a can and traveling at a high rate of speed.

The 2-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alvarado Lopez was questioned by officers, who determined he was intoxicated. He reportedly told police he drank five 32-oz Bud Light beers, officials said in court.

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This fatal incident was one of two that occurred on Saturday involving a motor vehicle and the death of a young child.

A 6-year-old was stuck and killed by a driver in a white SUV in the 9700 block of Leawood at Elmcroft Drive, also in southwest Houston, at about 6:19 p.m.

The 52-year-old suspect in the second crash was charged with murder and DWI third offense. He allegedly ran over the 6-year-old three times.

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