Grandfather arrests Houston driver who repeatedly ran over his 6-year-old grandson while he was grinning; The driver was on probation for DWI charges

A motorist who fatally hit a 6-year-old with his truck in a Houston parking lot was on probation on one of his multiple DWI charges, authorities said.

Pedro Alberto Hernandez, 52, has been charged with murder and DWI in the Oct. 1 accident. Sean Teare, chief of the Harris County District Attorney’s vehicle crimes unit, told KHOU-11 it was the driver’s fourth DWI arrest.

Darien Lewis was killed by a drunk driver on October 1, 2022. (Photo: YouTube/ABC13)

Darien Lewis’ family is devastated and outraged. They believed his death could have been avoided.

Hernandez was serving a suspended sentence on a 2020 DWI conviction and required to have a breathalyzer on his vehicle’s ignition, reports show. However, according to court documents, Hernandez admitted to drinking four 16-ounce beers before hitting the boy.

“You let him escape. The buck has to stop somewhere,” Dana Hubbard, Darien’s grandfather, told ABC13. “Someone has to be held accountable for their actions. No more slapping on the wrist.”

Hubbard describes his grandson as a respectable little boy with autism who loved to play with stuffed animals. He was just learning more words and was very affectionate, Hubbard added. Darien was walking with his grandfather and cousins ​​in a parking lot in front of a laundromat when he was hit by Hernandez’s truck.

“He came in on my left and hit my grandson. He was that close to me,” Hubbard said. “I was able to hit his car to let him know what happened. I ran around and said, ‘You just hit my grandson.’ He stopped, backed up, ran over my grandson again and hit his truck on his head.”

Court documents show that Hernandez ran over the boy three times. His grandfather said the man had a grin on his face the last time.

“I attacked him because he laughed and thought it was funny,” Hubbard said.

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Darien Lewis, pictured with his grandfather Dana Hubbard, was killed by a drunk driver on October 1, 2022. (Photo: YouTube/ABC13)

Reports show that Hubbard pulled Hernandez out of his car and pinned him against the hood of the truck. Then more witnesses held the driver.

Hernandez’s bond was priced at $600,000, but it was raised to $950,000 on Tuesday.

Drunk driving is a misdemeanor in Texas. However, a third DWI leads to a felony charge. Teare said Harris County, where the incident occurred, was one of the first in the state to flag a felony charge for DWI to reduce drunk driving. If convicted of Darien’s murder, Hernandez faces life imprisonment.

Hernandez’s wife told ABC13 she wanted to apologize to the family. She claims her husband couldn’t have been drinking because his truck wouldn’t start unless he used a breathalyzer.

The device measures the amount of alcohol in the driver’s breath. The vehicle will not start if the driver’s blood alcohol level exceeds the set limit. According to research, however, the driver can try the test again after 15 minutes. If the vehicle starts after the second time, the alcohol tester initiates a test every 5 to 15 minutes.

Research shows that the devices usually need to be serviced and calibrated at least every 30 days.

All 50 states require the devices for specific DUI or DWI offenses. In Texas, the court must order a criminal to put the devices on any motor vehicle he owns if his license is suspended. The offender can choose a hard suspension without a lock, according to the Nation Conference of State Legislatures.

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James Brien

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