The family of a woman charged after her 18-month-old son was killed by a car in southeast Houston is urging police to charge the driver who hit him.
Surveillance video from Eyewitness News shows the heartbreaking moment when the neighbor’s vehicle ran over little Alan Villeda on Wednesday afternoon.
Gissel Vasquez, 18, was charged on Thursday with endangering a child.
It all occurred in the parking lot at 6305 Tierwester St.
In the video, as she walks to the apartment of a relative, Vasquez can be seen carrying her baby daughter in her arms. After most of the parking lot has been crossed, her nephew, 3, is seen following behind.
The video then shows a neighbor entering and backing up in her white car. Little Alan appears on camera as he does try to follow his cousin. That’s when the car is running over Alan driving forward.
In the video, Alan is still lying on the ground for nearly two minutes. Then you see the cousin pointing to Alan, and Vasquez running.
She picks up her child and on the video, she is heard screaming.
Prosecutors claim that Vasquez went the whole length of the parking lot without paying attention to the children behind her, that’s why they charged her with child hazard.
#RIP little Alan! The toddler was killed when a car ran over him. His mother is facing charges of endangerment, but family blames the driver, who is currently not charged. #abc13 https://t.co/GtpSDa5hiC pic.twitter.com/NqTh9JOM5T
— Miya Shay (@ABC13Miya) 15 tháng 8, 2019
“The probable cause was that she was negligent in the abandonment of this child,” said Sean Teare of the Office of the Harris County District Attorney. “She allowed the child under the age of 2 to just walk through a parking lot.”
Family members, however, said Vasquez left the two boys with her sister. She had no clue that they were running out and following her.
“This was an accident,” said Hernandez’s cousin Juriyoel. “Right now, they’re telling her it’s her fault and it’s not her fault, they’re blaming her and they don’t even know her story. For sure, she thought her sister was taking care of her kid.”
Bystanders who saw what was going on hurried to help the kid, but he was unresponsive. Officers who came to the scene said the child was dead.
After being contacted by police and given a sobriety test, which is standard in fatalities instances, the driver returned a few minutes later.
“They should slowly check the video again, slowly,” said Rose Miranda, a family sister. She and others want prosecutors to bring charges against the driver, arguing she hit Alan driving forward, and should have seen the child.
A reconstruction of a 3-D accident should assist determine whether the child was in the blind spot of the driver.