Houston Police Department
Fatal Traffic Accident at 6700 Lyons

September 24, 2012 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a fatal traffic accident at 6700 Lyons about 8:10 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 23). 

The suspect, Juan Pedro Garcia (H/m, DOB: 11-22-85), is charged with DWI with a child under 15 in the 185th State District Court.  A photo of suspect Garcia is attached to this news release. 

The victim, Mary Helen Aranda, 60, was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where she later died.  A four-year-old passenger, Francisco Aranda, was not injured but was also transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital as a precaution.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant S. Sorge and Officer M. Hardt reported:

Garcia was driving a gray PT Cruiser eastbound on Lyons when he veered left into the westbound lanes and struck a gray Toyota Corolla, driven by Ms. Aranda, traveling westbound on Lyons.  Ms. Aranda and her passenger were transrpoted to the hospital where Aranda later died.  A female passenger, 40, and two other juvenile passengers in the PT Cruiser were also transported to the hospital with serious injuries and broken bones.

Further investigation determined Garcia was intoxicated at the time of the accident and he was subsequently charged. 

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