Mother of Cy-Fair teen killed in police chase speaks out

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by Tiffany Craig/KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 18, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 18 at 12:09 PM

HOUSTON -- The mother of the 14-year-old girl who was killed in Monday’s fatal accident on the 610 East Loop says her daughter had recently run away.

Skyla Nuncio and her boyfriend, 14-year-old Justin Henry, took off last Thursday. Nuncio was a ninth grader at Cy-Fair High School and Henry was an eighth grader at Campbell Middle School.

Both were reported as runaways late last week with the Harris County Constables Precinct 4 Office.

"Around 2:45, I was notified that he was suspended from school," said Nuncio's mother, Monica Vickous. "Three o'clock I got a call from my mother telling me that my daughter did not get off the school bus and I instantly knew.”

Henry and Nuncio died when they crashed a car after exiting the 610 East Loop at Clinton Drive Monday evening.

Pasadena police say the Chevy Impala they were in was recently stolen from the driveway of a home in Cy-Fair. The car was not involved in a violent carjacking as previously reported by Pasadena police.

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.

Henry was driving and took off on Highway 225 into the City of Houston.

Police said the officer backed off the stolen vehicle because it was driving erratically as it came over the 610 bridge. Officials said the car came off the bridge and took the Clinton Road exit off of the 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.

Vickous says her daughter's boyfriend was a troublemaker, but Nuncio fell for him and really wanted to make his life better.

"She wanted him to feel loved and she gave every ounce of love that she had to that young boy," she said.

Nuncio's mother will never forget the moment that the medical examiner made a positive identification.

"She asked if Skyla was wearing unique shoes and I said yes," recalled Vickous. "They were brown with fuzzy around it. I knew. For her to ask that specific question, I knew."

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