HARRIS COUNTY – The driver and passenger killed in a wreck while running from the cops Monday were both teenagers.
Justin Henry and Skyla Nuncio, both 14, died when they crashed after exiting the 610 East Loop at Clinton Drive.
An officer tried to pull over the stolen Chevy Impala after he spotted it driving the wrong way on a one-way street in Pasadena Monday afternoon.
The boy, who was driving, took off on Highway 225 into the City of Houston.
Police said the officer backed off the stolen vehicle because it was driving erratically coming over the 610 bridge. Officials said the car came off the bridge and took the Clinton Road exit off of the IH-610 East Loop northbound.
"As the vehicle travelled over the 610 bridge, the officer made the determination that the vehicle was driving too erratic and too unsafe,” said Pasadena police Lt. James Holt. “He decided to back off. He stated his intentions on the radio. Shortly after, the vehicle exited the freeway and struck the barrier."
Nuncio was killed when she was ejected from the car. Henry was also pronounced dead at the scene. Neither was wearing a seatbelt.
Skyla Nuncio was a 9th grader at Cy-Fair High School. Justin Henry was an 8th-grader at Campbell Middle School. Counselors have been available all week at both schools.
Editor’s Note: Previously, Pasadena police told KHOU 11 News that the stolen car was involved in a violent carjacking, but officials have now said that information is false. Pasadena police said Thursday that the car was stolen from a driveway at a home in the Cy-Fair area.