Tomas Mejia Tol Houston father charged with criminal negligent homicide and endangering a child after allowing 12 year old daughter to drive car only for her to hit and kill a man walking his dogs.
What was he thinking? A Houston, Texas father has been charged after allowing his 12 year old daughter to man the steering wheel of his car leading to the girl hitting and killing a man and a dog.
Tomas Mejia Tol, 42, was arrested Thursday and booked with criminally negligent homicide and endangering a child. Tol had allowed his 12-year-old daughter to get behind the wheel of his Ford Explorer so she could practice driving.
The ‘driving lesson’ – which began in a parking space at an apartment complex – turned into tragedy when the teen put too much pressure on the gas, hitting and killing a man who had been out walking with his three dogs.
The incident occurred at 6000 block of Beverly Hill Street at about 4:25 p.m, ABC13 reported.
Authorities identified the victim as 47 year old man Enrique Vazquez. Also killed was one of the man’s three dogs. Neighbors said the victim was often seen walking his dogs in the area.
Houston police revealed at the time of the incident- there was also a two year old child in the backseat of the Ford Explorer.
‘I would never allow my children behind the wheel of the car, especially not at that age.’
During initial questioning, Mejia told officers that he was driving the vehicle, with the man forced to relent after witness accounts video footage revealed the twelve year old girl had in fact been driving the car.
‘You can’t allow a young child to drive in a populated place,’ Sean Teare, chief of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Division told KHOU. ‘If you’re going to teach a young person how to drive, go to an empty parking lot. Go somewhere where you’re not going to have the potential for taking someone’s life.’
Adding, ‘Every time you turn the wheel, or you turn the key on a car, you are strapping on a deadly weapon.’
Contemplated a neighbor, ‘I mean, for me, I would never allow my children behind the wheel of the car, especially not at that age.’
‘Very tragic for the gentleman and his dog to be hit and killed.’