A teen driver and two juvenile passengers were pulling a prank, tossing eggs at other vehicles as they drove down the road Tuesday afternoon. One of their targets wasn’t amused and allegedly began pursuing them at a high rate of speed. When the teens came to a red light at an intersection, they didn’t slow down and struck a pickup.
The driver of the SUV, a GMC Acadia, was 14 years old, according to a report by CNN. As they drove down the road in Houston, Texas, the teens were hurling eggs at other cars.
According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, the teens claim that the driver of a Lincoln, who had been targeted by the prank, was pursuing them. The Lincoln driver allegedly brandished a handgun and chased the SUV at a high rate of speed.
When the SUV approached a red light at an intersection, the driver didn’t slow down. The SUV driver claims that the didn’t stop because they were fleeing from the Lincoln.
A Ford pickup was crossing through the intersection as the SUV approached and was struck by the GMC Acadia. The driver of the Ford, identified as 45-year-old Silvia Zavala, was pronounced dead by the paramedics who arrived on the scene.
The unnamed 14-year-old driver suffered a broken ankle in the crash.
The 14-year-old driver has been charged with murder for the fatal crash.
In a tweet, Gonzalez confirmed that the teen was “booked in the country juvenile detention center” after being charged.
Investigators from the sheriff’s vehicular crimes division are also trying to determine how the teen ended up in possession of the SUV. Additionally, they identified the driver of the Lincoln and were working on interviewing him about the incident. He is reportedly being cooperative.
“I feel bad for him. He’s just 14 years old but he took my entire life away from me,” said Jessica Gaspar, the victim’s daughter. “Even though he’s 14, he took my mom’s life away. He took it. And she was the only one I had.”