HOUSTON – A 18-year-old man police say struck and killed a pedestrian on Lockwood last month is now facing intoxication manslaughter charges.
The accident happened around 7:27 a.m. in the 3600 block of Lockwood on June 10, 2012.
According to court documents, a witness told police he saw the victim, Michael Davis, walking down the sidewalk, collecting cans. He also saw a silver SUV speeding down Lockwood. Moments later, the witness said he heard a crashing sound. He then saw Davis in the road, and the SUV speeding away from the scene with two flat tires.
An officer who responded to the crash scene saw a tennis shoe and a box of cans scattered along the sidewalk. He said tire-track marks indicated that the vehicle involved in the accident was headed southbound on Lockwood at a high rate of speed when it left the road, drove onto the sidewalk and then back onto the road.
Davis was taken to the hospital with a severe head injury. He died the following day.
Police said they got a 911 call from the suspect, Pablo Moreno Jr., around 7:34 a.m. on the day of the crash.
Moreno told officers he’d been involved in an accident with another car. But when police arrived at Moreno’s home, which was less than a mile from the site of the crash, they suspected he might be the person involved in the hit-and-run.
Police said Moreno’s car had damage consistent with a vehicle that struck a person. They also said Moreno smelled of alcohol and failed field sobriety tests.
According to court documents, Moreno admitted to police that he’d been out drinking the night before at a bar in Montrose, and then later went to an after-hours bar, where he kept drinking.
He said he left the bar around 7 a.m., but as he was driving down Lockwood, he blacked out.
After the accident, he told police he realized he’d been in some kind of a crash, but since his house was so close, he went there to call 911 and lied about a car hitting him.
Charges were filed against Moreno on July 17, 2012.