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Suspect jailed for murder in deadly crash could face more charges

Damien West is already charged with murder and aggravated assault after HPD stated he crashed right into a automobile and killed a 31-year-old driver.

HOUSTON — The driver blamed for a deadly five-vehicle crash in northwest Houston Friday could face more charges on high of murder and aggravated assault. A choose determined Monday to go away bond for Damien West at $400,000.

West, 21, was going about 100 mph when he ran a purple mild and slammed into a Toyota Camry in the 14000 block of Hempstead Road, based on the Houston Police Department

The driver, later recognized as 31-year-old Hoang Tran, was killed. A 31-year-old feminine passenger was critically injured. West was additionally handled at an area hospital, HPD said.

Police stated the folks in three automobiles struck by the Camry weren’t significantly harm and so they had been handled on the scene. 

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Prosecutors say West would possibly face further charges as a result of they imagine he was a part of a 70-car road takeover when police tried to cease him. They are cracking down on these “takeover” teams by taking away their vehicles once they commit a felony.

“We have started to file felony cases on them for engaging in organized criminal activity. They fit the definition under the code,” stated Sean Teare with the Harris County District Attorney’s office. “They group collectively to commit felonies and by doing so, it permits us to hit them the place we imagine it hurts them probably the most, and that is taking these vehicles.

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Houston police stated the chase began round 6 p.m. on April 15 once they noticed the Dodge Charger pushed by West driving erratically in the 2900 block of South Gessner Road. It lasted about 10 minutes earlier than the horrific crash.

“I have seen some pretty bad crashes in my career, the last 25 years, I have not seen one that type, that bad in a long, long time,” stated HPD Assistant Chief Ban Tien.

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West’s bond was set at $300,000 for the murder cost and $100,000 for the aggravated assault cost. Court information present he was out on bond for separate charges on the time of the crash.

“We have a completely innocent citizen who is dead at the scene. We have another one who is at Ben Taub fighting for her life. We have numerous other citizens who are changed forever for having been a part of this,” Teare stated. “And eventually, it is all because of one person’s completely lawless, selfish behavior.”

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