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14yr-old driver charged w/ murder in fatal New Year’s Wreck

A 14-year-old boy behind the wheel of an SUV being chased by a car that had been vandalized has been charged with murder after a fatal crash in North Harris County.

The boy, who sustained a broken ankle, has been booked into the county’s juvenile detention center. Meanwhile, the enraged driver who chased him to the intersection has been located, and he is cooperating with police. That man allegedly displayed a semi-automatic handgun during the chase.

Neither the boy nor the other driver’s name has been released. The woman killed in the crash has been identified as 45-year-old Silvia Zavala, according to police.

The incident started around 2 p.m. Tuesday, when the 14-year-old driver and two teenage passengers inside a GMC Acadia were throwing eggs at cars near Aldine Mail Route Road and Russ Drive, authorities said. They reportedly threw one egg at a gold 1970s model Lincoln with a white top, and police said that driver pursued them toward Aldine Westfield Road.

During the chase, the 14-year-old drove through a red light at the Westfield intersection and T-boned the woman in a Ford F-150, police said. Both vehicles tumbled into a nearby ditch, but the woman could not be saved. The Lincoln fled the scene. The Lincoln driver was later located by police, but isn’t in custody at this time and the other minors in the car haven’t been charged.

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