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Fourteen-Year-Old Boy Charged With Murder After Crash Kills Woman

Fourteen-Year-Old Boy Charged With Murder After Crash Kills Woman

A mother in the US has been killed after a young teenager crashed into her SUV while being chased by another driver for egging his car.

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Sylvia Zavala was pronounced dead at the scene following the horrific collision which saw her car flung into a ditch at the side of the road.

The terrible incident happened on Tuesday afternoon, in Texas, after a 14-year-old ran a red light during the high-speed pursuit, reports KPRC.

The young man has since been charged with murder and booked into the county juvenile detention centre.

According to reports, the boy - along with two of his friends who were passengers in the car - was trying to get away from a man whose car they had attacked during a spate of 'eggings' in the area.

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder. Credit: Click2Houston
A 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder. Credit: Click2Houston
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It is understood that the man who was chasing the three boys has been identified and interviewed by police.

Local news said the boys claimed the man had brandished a semi-automatic handgun during the pursuit.

The 45-year-old mum had been out doing some shopping on New Year's Day shortly before the tragic crash.

Despite being pulled out of the wreckage, Ms Zavala sadly passed away at the scene. A brand new purse, still in its original packaging, was found close by.

The 45-year-old mum was pronounced dead at the scene. Credit: Facebook
The 45-year-old mum was pronounced dead at the scene. Credit: Facebook

The 14-year-old is reported to have been driving a GMC Acadia SUV but after running a red light at around 60mph crashed into Ms Zavala's Ford pick-up truck.

Lt. Susan Cotter from the Harris County Sheriff's Department, said: "The GMC Acadia disregarded the red light at the intersection and struck the F-150."

It's reported that the 14-year-old driver suffered a broken ankle during the crash and was taken to hospital before being arrested.

One of the passengers was also injured and hospitalised, while the second passenger wasn't hurt but was questioned by local police.

Ms Zavala's car was flung into a ditch during the crash. Credit: Click2Houston
Ms Zavala's car was flung into a ditch during the crash. Credit: Click2Houston

According to reports, he told police that the three of them had been egging cars when the man - who fled the scene following the collision - began chasing after them.

Ms Zavala's daughter Jessica Gaspar, 20, praised her mother.

She said: "She raised us alone. She was a single mother, and she always taught me to stay strong and stay positive.

"When I got close to the truck, I saw bags, and I remembered she had those bags in there, so I knew it was her."

Featured Image Credit: Click2Houston

Topics: News, US News

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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