Paul Rodríguez is accused of killing a girl while driving drunk

Paul Rodríguez is accused of killing a five-year-old girl while driving drunk. Rodriguez, 30, was speeding his car down the highway and c...

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  • Paul Rodríguez is accused of killing a five-year-old girl while driving drunk.
  • Rodriguez, 30, was speeding his car down the highway and crashed.
  • The girl was thrown out of Rodríguez’s car and hit the pavement.

Paul Rodríguez was charged with intoxication manslaughter after he caused the death of a girl in a drunk driving accident. The Vehicular Crimes Division of the Houston Police Department (DWI) in Texas detained Paul Rodriguez after the accident. The dead girl was his girlfriend’s daughter, but the woman was not in the car.

The 30-year-old detainee Paul Rodríguez will face his criminal process before Judge Jason Luong of the 185th Criminal District Court in Harris County accused of intoxication manslaughter for the death of the girl, drunk driving with minors in the car and assault with a deadly weapon for causing serious injuries to two other children, who were with him in the car at the time of the tragedy.

Paul Rodríguez caused the death of a girl by drunk driving

Paul Rodríguez caused the death of a girl by drunk driving
Paul Rodríguez is charged with the murder of his girlfriend’s 5-year-old daughter, causing an accident while driving drunk. (PHOTO: Houston Police Department)

Paul Rodríguez is already detained in the prison of the Harris County and, according to Texas State Penal CodeOnly the charge of homicide by intoxication is punishable by a sentence of up to 20 years in jail for whoever is found guilty of that crime after facing trial.

The crime for which Paul Rodríguez is accused in the death of the five-year-old girl has shocked the Hispanic community of Houston, Texas, because the man was traveling drunk in his car at full speed with three little ones in the vehicle and also already has a long criminal record for drug possession, theft and illegal possession of weapons.

Paul Rodríguez was reported by other drivers

Paul Rodríguez was reported by other drivers
PHOTO: Taken from Twitter

According to the case documents, consulted by MundoHispánico In Texas, last Saturday, October 9, 2921 at 3:55 in the afternoon, several motorists who were driving on I-59, known as the Southwest Freeway in Houston, called the emergency number to report the car to excess of speed and recklessly.

Reports from callers to HPD’s emergency number told operators that a black Honda Accord car heading southwest of the metropolitan area was recklessly changing lanes at speeding. The witnesses warned the police that a tragedy could occur.

Paul Rodríguez collided with a truck, but did not stop

Paul Rodríguez collided with a truck, but did not stop
PHOTO: Taken from Twitter

Before the first HPD patrol cars caught up with the black Honda Accord driven by Paul Rodríguez, the tragedy occurred. As Paul Rodríguez was about to reach the I-59 exit at Fountain View Drive, in the populous Hispanic neighborhood of Gulfton, he collided with a cargo truck traveling in the slow speed lane.

However, to the astonishment of the other motorists on I-59 Paul Rodríguez did not stop the race of his black Honda Accord. With his car already partially damaged, he simply changed lanes and continued at full speed. Other drivers loudly honked their horns at Paul Rodriguez to slow him down, but he ignored it.

The girl is expelled from Paul Rodríguez’s car

The girl is expelled from Paul Rodríguez's car
PHOTO: Houston Police Department

Paul Rodriguez kept driving southwest on I-59 and tried to get back into the slow-speed lane on the right side. In his reckless maneuver, without reducing his career, he hit a Mercedes car and another light cargo truck, the so-called ‘Box Truck’, whose drivers were surprised by the brutal impact and could not avoid the blow.

The force of the impact of Paul Rodríguez in his Honda Accord with the other two cars was that when stopped by the collision the five-year-old girl who was inside the car was thrown out of the vehicle and flew against the pavement of the road. Inside the car with Rodríguez were two other children, 4 and 2 years old.

The crash site turned into chaos with badly injured children

The crash site turned into chaos with badly injured children
PHOTO: Houston Police Department

In the chaos caused by the Paul Rodríguez crash, other motorists stopped and called the emergency number to request urgent help for the injured children. The first to arrive on the scene were the paramedics of the Houston Fire Department (HFD) to care for the injured.

The three children were rushed to a hospital for doctors to save their lives. Meanwhile, at the scene of the tragedy, the first HPD patrolmen who arrived at the scene arrested Paul Rodríguez who, despite the force of the impact, was left with minor injuries at the wheel of his Honda Accord.

Paul Rodríguez is accused of the death of the little girl

Paul Rodríguez is accused of the death of the little girl
PHOTO: Houston Police Department

However, on the morning of Sunday, October 10, 2021, the 5-year-old girl died due to the severity of her various injuries despite the efforts of doctors to save her. The other two children, 4 and 2 years old, are still in the hospital, although with injuries that are not life-threatening. None of the other drivers were injured.

The legal documents in the case do not reveal the relationship that Paul Rodríguez has with the children he was driving in his Honda Accord when he decided to drive while intoxicated. However, a source who spoke with MundHispánico confirmed that the children are children of Paul Rodríguez’s girlfriend.

Where was Paul Rodríguez drinking before the crash?

Where was Paul Rodríguez drinking before the crash?
PHOTO: Houston Police Department

Prosecutors from the Harris County Attorney’s Office along with agents from HPD’s Vehicle Crimes Division are trying to investigate where Paul Rodriguez was drinking before causing the accident and why he was allowed to drive away in his black Honda Accord despite to go seriously intoxicated.

Paul Rodríguez has a long relationship of disagreements with the authorities in the metropolitan area of ​​Houston, Texas since June 25, 2014 when he was arrested for the crime of illegally carrying a weapon that was found in his car after a routine stop of traffic by an HPD agent.

Paul Rodríguez and his long criminal record in Texas

Paul Rodríguez and his long criminal record in Texas
Paul Rodríguez has been detained several times for robbery, drug possession and illegal possession of weapons. (PHOTO: Harris County)

Since that first arrest of Paul Rodríguez, the authorities have not stopped arresting him for various crimes. In total, Rodríguez has 13 police arrests for possession of marijuana, another arrest for illegally carrying a weapon and one more arrest for theft of a tire and six nuts for a sports car, all valued at $ 500.

On the morning of Monday, October 11, 2021, Judge Jason Long granted Paul Rodríguez the right to face his criminal proceedings in freedom after posting a $ 250,000 bond. However, bail has not been paid so the man continues to be held in the Harris County jail in Houston, Texas.

Thousands of people die from drunk drivers

Thousands of people die from drunk drivers
PHOTO: Houston Police Department

The non-profit organization Mothers Against Drinking and Driving (MADD, for its acronym in English), which is made up of people who have lost a family member to a drunk driver, says that in the United States every day there are 300,000 crashes caused because someone decided to have a few more drinks and drive.

Of those 300,000 drunk driving accidents each year, according to MADD statistics, 10,265 people die each year. That means there is one fatality every 51 minutes in the United States, due to people driving drunk on the streets and highways.

The tragedies a DWI causes

The tragedies a DWI causes
PHOTO: Houston Police Department

MADD statistics reveal that there are 290,000 people each year who suffer injuries and sequelae, often permanently, when there is an accident caused by a drunk driver. In Texas the charge of driving while intoxicated is called Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

According to Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS), in the Lone Star State an average of 900 people die each year in an alarming statistic that has not changed since 2000, which means a great headache for the authorities and source of many family tragedies.

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