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Suspect Arrested in Fatal Traffic Accident at 6800 Southwest Freeway

July 23, 2010 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a fatal traffic accident at 6800 Southwest Freeway (South U.S. Highway 59) about 3:25 p.m. on July 17.

The suspect, Raul Eulises Velasquez (H/m, DOB: 9-12-83), is charged with accident involving serious bodily injury or death in the 179th State District Court.  He also has a pending charge of failure to stop and render aid with serious bodily injury. 

A male child, Rolando Cesar Olvera, 4, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant D. Morgan and Officer E. Gonzales reported:

A green Honda Accord was traveling southbound on the Southwest Freeway service road at a high rate of speed and dodging in and out of traffic.  The driver then lost control of the vehicle and hit a pole.  The driver, described only as a Hispanic male, 25 to 30 years old, immediately fled the scene on foot.  There were five passengers in the Honda.  Four-year-old Rolando was pronounced dead at the scene.  A three-year-old boy was transported to Texas Children's Hospital and a 28-year-old male was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in critical condition.  Two other adult passengers, a 23-year-old female and 21-year-old male, were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Further investigation identified Velasquez as the suspect in this case and on Thursday (July 22) he turned himself in to the Harris County Sheriff's Department without incident. 

Update:VHS/KJS 7-23-10
JKS/JFC  7-19-10
Inc. #102880310

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.

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