Karla Rico, 28, was in her car with her 10-year-old son when they were both hit by Bobby Lee Murphy, 37, who ran a red light after fleeing from the police, apparently carrying drugs, according to authorities.
It all started at the intersection of Shilod Road and Northwest Highway in Garland when a police officer stopped a black car with three suspects inside. The officer was waiting for reinforcements, after seeing supposedly drugs inside the car, the driver and his companions escaped.
Pedro Barineau, a spokesman for the Garland Police Department, said an officer near the scene turned on the lights and siren of his patrol car to alert drivers of the approaching danger, but everything happened very quickly.
Police said the Toyota driver, identified as Karla Rico, died at the scene and her son was taken to hospital in critical condition.
Murphy also collided with a black Honda CRV that was stopped at a southbound red light. The woman who was driving the Honda CRV was also slightly injured but was discharged at the scene. For his part, Murphy was also taken to a hospital where he remained until Monday night.
“For me, it was like a horror movie,” witness Joshua Garcia told CBS DFW.
“You are never prepared for a situation like this,” added the Hispanic after witnessing the tragic event in which Karla Rico lost her life.
The 10-year-old boy was transferred to intensive care where he was admitted with serious trauma.
Police said Murphy now faces charges for causing the accident and for evasion of authority.
“Karla was an incredible person and was loved and admired by everyone who knew her,” her family wrote on a GoFundMe page. “She was such a blessing to everyone who had the privilege of working with her.”
Only in the state of Texas, this is the 5th incident in 2021 caused by police chases and traffic signal violations.