Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle is arrested for running over and killing a pedestrian

Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle was arrested for running over and killing a pedestrian in Texas. Mendieta Del Valle, 53, had never had a probl...

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  • Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle was arrested for running over and killing a pedestrian in Texas.
  • Mendieta Del Valle, 53, had never had a problem with the authorities before.
  • The man is accused of the accident that took James William Baker’s life and of not stopping to help him.

Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle was arrested in Texas accused of having run over a man who died from the impact. The agents of the Division of Vehicular Crimes of the Houston Police Department (HPD) captured the man, charged with James William Baker’s accidental death in a road incident.

Last Thursday, August 19, 2021, at 10:20 p.m., James Willliam Baker was trying to cross Highway 6th when he was suddenly hit by a car that was speeding down that road, in the west of the metropolitan area of Houston, which is a very busy area with many shops and restaurants, almost on the corner of Piping Rock Lane.

Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle is arrested for running over a man

Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle is arrested for running over a man
Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle is accused of having run over a man who died from the impact and of not having stayed to help him. (PHOTO: Houston Police Department)

According to the investigation of the agents of the HPD Vehicle Crimes Division, consulted by MundoHispánico, the victim, identified as James William Baker, attempted to cross Highway 6th, but not at the crosswalk, but before reaching the corner.

The hit of the first vehicle, which was driven by Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle, threw James William Baker forward and other vehicles that were going north on that road also struck the pedestrian. None of the motorists who hit the man stopped.

James William Baker falls on the road

James William Baker falls on the road
PHOTO: Taken from Twitter

Some witnesses told authorities that the first car that hit James William Baker continued its journey south, without slowing down. That was the car that Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle was driving, although when the accident happened his name was not yet known to the authorities.

Other motorists on Highway 6th stopped to assist the injured James William Baker and called the emergency number to request the presence of paramedics from the Houston Fire Department (HFD, for its acronym in English), to see the man immediately.

Other drivers stopped to help the victim

Other drivers stopped to help the victim
PHOTO: Houston Police Department

However, when the HFD paramedics showed up at the scene, they could no longer do anything for James William Baker and he was pronounced dead in the same place where he was run over. Officers from HPD’s Vehicle Crimes Division then showed up at the crime scene to conduct investigations.

While HPD’s Vehicular Crimes Division agents were investigating the accident in which James William had died. Baker, and they were recovering the images from the video cameras of the nearby businesses, something happened that changed the course of the investigation.

Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle calls the authorities

Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle calls the authorities
PHOTO: Houston Police Department

Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle, upon arriving at his home in the Langham Chase neighborhood in the northwest of the Houston metropolitan area, called HPD’s own emergency number to report that he believed he had hit “something” while driving on Highway 6th moments before. .

Before the unusual call from Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle, several officers from the Vehicle Crimes Division to investigate the details of the incident that the man had just revealed to them. When the agents arrived at the man’s house, they searched his vehicle and found that there were signs of blows to the front.

The defendant’s car had several damages after the accident

The defendant's car had several damages after the accident
PHOTO: Houston Police Department

The windshield of Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle’s vehicle was crashed and based on forensic expert reports, agents from the HPD Vehicle Crimes Division were able to determine that James William Baker’s injuries coincided with the impact on the defendant’s car and windshield. .

Based on that, the agents of the Vehicle Crimes Division arrested Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle and charged him with accidental homicide for failing to stop while helping a person run over. The man was taken to the Harris County Jail to face criminal prosecution.

Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle had a clean record

Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle had a clean record
PHOTO: Houston Police Department

Judge Josh Hill of the Harris County 232 Criminal District Court, will be the one who takes the case against the Hispanic Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle. As of this writing, the judge has not determined when the defendant’s first hearing in the hit-and-run case will be.

According to Texas State Penal Code, the charge of manslaughter in an accident and not helping the victim is punishable by a minimum sentence of five years in jail for whoever pleads guilty to that charge, after facing trial. In Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle’s record there is not a single previous arrest, nor problems with the authorities.

Who are the other drivers involved?

Who are the other drivers involved?
PHOTO: Houston Police Department

Officers from the Vehicle Crimes Division are still investigating who the other three drivers were who hit James William Baker. Therefore, they ask the Hispanic community that if anyone has reliable information about the case, contact their office at 713.247.4072. All tracks will be kept anonymous.

They have been very busy days for the various police corporations in the Houston metropolitan area, since in the last week detectives have had to investigate at least three more deaths in incidents very similar to the one faced by the Hispanic Gustavo Mendieta Del Valle.

A woman is killed by car in another incident

A woman is killed by car in another incident
PHOTO: Houston Police Department

Last Saturday, August 21, 2021, at 10:20 at night, a woman who was walking along the sidewalk, but very close to the driveway, was run over by an old Chevrolet pickup that was traveling at full speed on Antoine Drive and was driven erratically.

The woman was struck forward and by the force of the impact fell against the pavement in front of an apartment complex on Antoine Drive, in the northwest of the Houston metropolitan area, and then died at the scene from the impact. The HPD Crimes Division agents do not know the identity of the victim so far.

Three more men are trampled to death

Three more men are trampled to death
PHOTO: Houston Police Department

On the night of Sunday, August 22, 2021, three men who live on the street in the northern metropolitan area of ​​Houston, Texas, were killed by the impact of a car. At the time of writing this story, agents from the Office of the Harris County Sheriff (HCSO) are still investigating the case.

Shortly before 10:00 p.m. Sunday night, the three men were walking in front of 200 FM 1960, in the Humble area, north of the Houston metropolitan area. Suddenly a Chrysler 300 car, traveling eastbound, struck the three men walking down the street.

A driver who did what the law says

A driver who did what the law says
PHOTO: Houston Police Department

However, unlike the other two incidents, the driver of the Chrysler 300 that hit the three men did do what the law requires in Texas and stopped to call the authorities, report what had just happened and wait for the first HCSO patrols to investigate the case.

The driver, whose name will not be revealed since he is not charged with anything, told the agents of the HCSO Vehicle Crimes Division that when he was driving down the street he suddenly saw the three men and did not stop. before throwing them. The forensic examination of the driver revealed that he had not drunk or taken drugs.

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