HOUSTON – The five bar employees arrested for their alleged roles that led to a DWI crash that killed a mother were released on bond from jail Thursday morning.
Five employees of Servi-Car El 3 bar were arrested Wednesday.
MUGSHOTS: Bar employees charged after DWI crash that killed young mom
Police say a man accused of slamming into an SUV head on, killing a young mother and injuring her baby and her mother had been drinking for six hours before the crash at Servi-Car El 3.
Erick Hernandez, 19, had more than a dozen alcoholic drinks, including three tequila shots, according to the DA's office. Investigators say surveillance video shows some bar employees drinking shots with him.
Vehicular Crimes Division Chief Sean Teare, of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, says they all played a role in getting Hernandez drunk.
"We have them on crystal clear color HD making these shots in the back, of bringing them out, taking them with him and you can see him progressively getting more and more intoxicated to the point where he drove the wrong way on College Avenue," Teare said Wednesday.
Knowing how that night wound end, Teare said going over that video was tough.
"Then to see that it was literally less than two minutes before he took her life that he left at establishment… it's heartbreaking," he said.
Teare says more than six hours, no one ever asked Hernandez for his ID and even took shots with him.
“Six hours on a Sunday evening and then just cutting him loose with a 5,000-pound deadly weapon. It's unacceptable,” Teare said.
"A visibly intoxicated Hernandez left the bar at 10:49 p.m. Sunday," the DA's office said in a press release. "At 10:51 p.m., the pick-up he was driving swerved across three lanes of College Avenue and crashed into a car driven by Taylor Phillips, 23."
She was killed instantly.
“This family should be celebrating the holiday, but is instead planning a funeral,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “This tragedy should never have happened.”
Hernandez is charged with intoxication manslaughter and faces up to 20 years in prison.
Phillips' mother and 1-year-old son were injured when Hernandez crashed into their SUV. Both were taken to the hospital but are now recovering at home.
“Right now there are Christmas presents under a tree for a mother who will never open them, a child who will never know his mother because of the irresponsible actions of all six individuals charged in this tragedy,” Teare said.
Hernandez is out on a $30,000 bond.
He is required to wear an ankle monitor and is not allowed to drive, do drugs or drink alcohol.
The bar's general manager and four servers were arrested Wednesday.
- Mildred "Milly" Garcia, 21, is charged with making alcohol available to a minor and serving an intoxicated person.
- Anna Evelyn Lule, 19, faces the same charges.
- Jazely Marie Barrera, 21, is charged with sale of alcohol to a minor.
- Jaquin Guadalupe Gonzalez, 19, is charged with making alcohol available to a minor.
- Gustavo Tejada-Garcia, 28, who is the bar's manager, is charged with possession of an unauthorized beverage. Investigators say they were serving tequila but only have a license for beer and wine.
The charges come days into an investigation led by the District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the South Houston, Pasadena and Houston police departments.
The charges come as part of ongoing efforts by a District Attorney’s Office task force targeting overserving, as well under-age and after-hours drinking.
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