CORPUS CHRISTI - A weekend traffic accident has left a 24-year-old Alice man dead and a suspect charged with intoxication manslaughter.
On Sunday, police said a group of teens were shooting at cars along Ocean Drive with paintballs. It eventually turned into a high speed chase that ended when the two SUV's crashed.
A mangled fence gives some people an idea of just how fast the two cars where going down Ocean Drive when they collided; one SUV hit the fence and another hit a palm tree in the median.
The mangled aftermath is what Corpus Christi police are calling horseplay gone wrong.
Officers said three teenage boys in a white Yukon shot paintballs at a Bronco cruising down Ocean Drive. The driver of the Bronco, 23-year-old Joshua Black, went after the paintballers when they hit his SUV.
It was a pursuit police said escalated into a high speed chase topping more than 80 miles an hour.
It ended at Ropes and Ocean Drive when the two SUVs collided and the Bronco ran into a palm tree, killing 24-year-old Aaron Rodriguez who was sitting in the front passenger seat and it sent the backseat passenger, 17-year-old Ian McCall to the hospital with broken bones.
CCPD officers arrested Black for intoxication manslaughter.
"The responding officer could smell alcohol on the driver," an officer said.
As for the teens in the Yukon, they crashed through a residential fence.
Police said 17-year-olds, Benjamin Moreno, Joseph Skinner and Zachary McCandles, only had minor injuries.
At this point, officers said the men involved didn't know each other.
"Right now, from what we can tell [they didn't know each other.] Maybe, [it was] a random incident," an officer said.
It was a random act that turned deadly, and it is a lesson police said everyone should learn from.
"It's a senseless act and it can result in something as serious as this. We have a death here that probably should not have [happened] and it's senseless that it happened in the first place," the officer continued.
Officers said Black could face more charges if it's determined that he intentionally hit the Yukon with his SUV.
If that is the case, he could be charged with aggravated assault.
Also, currently, all three in the Yukon were released at the scene and they have not been charged with any crime. On Tuesday, authorities will be meeting to discuss whether or not additional charges will be filed against Black.
Investigators will also determine if charges will be filed against the teenagers involved with the incident.
Sounds like the kids have not been charged, were released on scene, which I find odd. Didn't they cause the entire situation to happen? What's wrong with these kids now a days
Edited by MurphMan, 18 March 2009 - 03:12 AM.