HOUSTON – Intoxicated manslaughter charges have been filed against a man accused of killing a father and his fiancé’s daughter early Sunday in a two-vehicle accident in south Houston, police said.
According to the Houston Police Department, Joshua DeShawn Gilbert was speeding over 100 MPH southbound on Highway 288 in a silver Cadillac, when he abruptly attempted to exit at Airport Boulevard and slammed into the back of a tan Honda Accord that was also exiting. The accident happened at about 2:35 a.m.
There was a family of four in the Honda, including two children. Family members identified them as Donna Reynard, her fiancé Lester Joseph Le Det, their 3-year-old daughter Leslie and her 15-year-old daughter Donna Reynard Junior. The father and his fiancé’s 15-year-old daughter both died at the scene of the accident.
Le Det’s fiance and the couple’s 3-year-old daughter were taken to Ben Taub Hospital in serious but stable condition, police said.
Gilbert was also taken to a hospital with minor injuries, police said.
Police have charged Gilbert with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxicated assault.
The victim’s brother Hugh O’reilly said his family was coming home from a friend’s house.
“There was no need for you to be going that fast on the freeway, in the fog, at 3 o’clock in the morning,” O’reilly said about the suspect.
The hardest part for the family is that the mom, who is unconscious, has no idea what happened. She lost her fiancée, her daughter and her 3-year-old daughter has two broken legs.
“We’re having a hard time trying to decide, figure out when and how we’re going to tell her her daughter died,” said O’reilly.
Family members said Le Det’s six children and five siblings are now forced to go on without him.
“It’s going to be hard, but with the strength of Lord, he’ll make it possible for us. I’ll see you when I get there, that’s the only thing I can say. You’re the ultimate, big brother anyone can ever have. I love you and cherished the moments we had,” said O’reilly.