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Woman charged in crash that killed man on first date in Montrose area

The victim, identified as Joe McMullin, was on a first date and they had just left Voodoo Doughnut on Westheimer when the Porsche hit and killed him.

HOUSTON — Houston police say a 32-year-old woman has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after hitting and killing a 33-year-old man who was on a first date in the Montrose area early Wednesday.

According to the court documents, Kristina Chambers, 32, is charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of Joseph McMullin, 33. A booking photo of Chambers has not been released.

Surveillance video showed that the driver of a Porsche was speeding at nearly 100 mph before hitting McMullin, who was walking with Brianna Iturrino after they had just left the Voodoo Doughnut near Westheimer Road and Montrose Boulevard. 

Iturrino said it was a tragic ending to what she described as a promising connection.

What happened

The crash happened just before 2:30 a.m. outside of the Voodoo Doughnut near Westheimer Road and Montrose Boulevard.

Iturrino said the date night started out around the corner with karaoke and then a bite to eat.

“He knew Voodoo Doughnuts would be open. He asked if I wanted to take my car. I said it’s not that far, we can walk,” she said.

Iturrino and her date, who she said was named Joe, grabbed their donuts and walked out.

“I saw a car coming,” Iturrino said. “I could tell it was moving really fast.”

She said she had a bad feeling.

“I knew she wasn’t going to make the curb,” she said.

However, things happened so fast, they didn’t have time to react.

“I saw someone flying through the parking lot out of the corner of my eye,” Iturrino said.

She soon found out it was Joe and he'd been hit by the speeding Porsche.

Houston police said the Porsche hopped the Westheimer curb onto the sidewalk and eventually crashed into a pole. The Porsche barely missed her.

“And then, it hit me, how close the car was from hitting me,” Iturrino said.

Workers from the pool hall next door called 911 and tried to help the victims.

“All we were thinking of is what were his last moments. It’s hard to think someone was just out on a first date and this happens,” one of the workers said.

Iturrino said Joe remembered she loves to sing and that’s why he took her to karaoke. Iturrino only knew Joe for a week but said they both loved music.

“He was so sweet,” she said. “He smiled throughout the entire date. He was funny, good taste in music. He didn’t deserve to go like that.”

Houston police said a man from the car involved was seriously injured, but the driver and other passenger are expected to be OK.

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