HOUSTON - A woman has been charged with felony murder for a hit and run crash that closed the 610 Loop over the weekend.
Arnesia C. Washington, 30, made her first court appearance Monday. Police say Washington was high on hydrocodone when she fatally rear-ended a motorcyclist on the West Loop near Evergreen Saturday.
Washington had two small children in the car, which allowed prosecutors to upgrade the charges against her.
"If you're driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol with children under the age of 15 in the car and you get stopped, that's a state jail felony offense. If you do that and it results in a death, a crash, that can be called felony murder," explained Alison Baimbridge with the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
Police say that Washington tried to drive off after causing the accident. She was held by drivers of two other cars she hit, before she hit the motorcycle.
On Monday, the identity of the crash victim was confirmed by the Beth Yeshurun synagogue. Steve Rudoff , from Sugar Land, was the Secretary of the Board of Trustees at Beth Yeshurun. Rudoff was a diamond importer with offices in Houston and Israel. The UT graduate is survived by his wife and three children.