HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — The Harris County Sheriff's Office is investigating a crash late Saturday night that left grandparents dead and a third person facing possible DWI charges, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.
The call came in about 10:50 p.m. from the 10040 block of Veterans Memorial Drive at Moorebrook Drive.
HCSO Sgt. B. Beaty said a black truck was speeding in the northbound lanes of Veterans Memorial Drive when he T-boned a second pickup truck that had turned into the intersection.
The impact pushed both vehicles into a ditch on the east side of the roadway, according to deputies.
Gonzalez identified the victims as a 62-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman who were riding together. Investigators said the man, who was driving, died at the scene. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she later passed away.
According to the daughter of the victims, Lilia Angón and Sabino Angón Martinez were killed in the crash.
According to the family, the Angóns leave behind two daughters and two grandchildren.
Here's a GoFundMe link to help pay for their funerals.
"Their wish was to be buried in Puebla, Mexico and I hope to make that possible for them," the GoFundMe page said.
Beaty reported the 42-year-old driver of the black truck was taken to Ben Taub Hospital in critical condition. He added that he showed signs of intoxication at the scene.
Gonzalez said charges filed against the suspect may be upgraded.
Assistant District Attorney Sean Teare said the holiday season can bring just as much joy as pain.
“Every year we talk about this,” Teare said. “The odds and the chances of these types of tragic weekends happening right around what are supposed to be the most wonderful times of the year. The six-week stretch from Thanksgiving to New Years is historically one of the deadliest months – or six weeks – in the entire year, every year."
Teare said Harris County leads and has led the nation in alcohol-related fatalities on roads for the last 22 years.
He said the risk of getting a DWI isn't worth it.
“Because of how many additional officers we have out there right now, is so much bigger. And that’s going to follow you around forever,” Teare said.
For the Angóns, life will never be the same.
“The families of these eight people are never, ever going to think of Thanksgiving the same way. They’re never going to have the same holiday experience that we all get to have because of the selfish actions of someone else,” Teare said. “This is the ultimate shock and the ultimate loss for these families.”
Teare said that being extra vigilant is important and to call 911 if you see any suspicious driving.