HOUSTON-A suspected drunk driver is facing charges of intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid after police say he hit and killed a 13-year-old girl.
Lilly Lalime, a Bleyl Middle School student, had just gotten off the bus at East Cypress Forest and Lynn Drive in northwest Harris County Tuesday when she was struck.
Witnesses said John Jacob Winne was driving a white Lexus when he ran a stop sign, hit the school bus and then hit Lalime. It happened right in front of her home.
Precinct 4 investigators said Winne kept going after hitting the girl.
They later found him hiding behind a nearby home.
"Found about four to five miles away from the scene where he had ran through someone's front yard and attempted to park in the rear of their house," said Chief Mark Herman with the Precinct 4 Constable's Office.
Herman said Winne put up a fight when Precinct 4 deputies arrested him.
If convicted, Winne could get up to 20 years in prison for each charge against him.
Lalime was taken to Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and later transferred to Texas Children's Hospital.
One family friend said she died on the way to Texas Children's from a severed spine and a broken neck.
"She always thought of other people before herself, and she had lots of friends, and she was a wonderful child," Jan Milberger, another family friend said. "We miss her so much."
It wasn't Winne's first arrest. He has an open warrant for making a terrorist threat and a previous conviction for driving while intoxicated with a child under 15.
Cy-Fair ISD on Wednesday issued a statement about Lalime's death.
"Cypress-Fairbanks ISD grieves the loss of one of our students who passed away Tuesday evening after sustaining injuries from a hit-and-run driver. The district extends its deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and teachers of Lilly Lalime," the statement read.
The district said counselors will be on hand at Bleyl Wednesday, and that they're working closely with Precinct 4 constables on the case.
The district said a fund was created at the Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union to help the Lalime family with funeral expenses.