HOUSTON – Neighbors of a woman arrested and accused of driving drunk in a fatal wreck involving a police cruiser say they are surprised to hear the news.
Police say Nicole Moser, 21, was drunk when she left a bar and ran a red light at Texas at Chartres Street. Her red Chevrolet Cobalt slammed into a police cruiser carrying Caroline Nicolai, who was thrown from the vehicle. Nicolai died.
“Oh my God, oh my God, that’s horrible,” said Moser’s neighbor.
Moser was a drum major that graduated from Crosby high school in 2010. At 21 years old, neighbors said she has a great head on her shoulders.
“Intelligent, go getter, she went out of high school and did college for a little bit,” said Clara Long, a neighbor.
Prosecutors said Moser was travelling at a high rate of speed and passed a red light. Prosecutors also said surveillance cameras show Moser and her friends drinking at a couple of bars in Midtown earlier that night.
Many of her neighbors are shocked because Moser used to be a Harris County dispatcher.
“I know for a while she was doing dispatch at night for Harris County. Dwayne and Brandy both, they were very stern in their upbringing, they had curfews, they had to meet certain goals, it wasn’t a lack of parenting,” said Long.
Moser and her passenger were both injured in the crash and taken to the hospital for treatment. Moser has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Officer Regina Gonzales suffered minor injuries and was sent to the hospital, where she was treated and released.
Houston police say they are investigating why the officer had not secured Nicolai with a seat belt, which is required by law and is department policy. Moser’s family posted bond, but she remains hospitalized.
Her next court date is on Oct 14.