A Kenyan from Houston if convicted faces between 5 to 99 years behind bars for causing a fatal accident where a prisoner died.
Two Harris County Sheriff’s deputies were injured and the man they were taking to jail was killed when they were hit head-on by a wrong-way driver in west Harris County.
Investigators believe that wrong-way driver, who has been identified as 39-year-old Patrick Njogu, was drunk. Preliminary information shows Njogu’s blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit, officials say.
He has been charged with felony murder and intoxication assault on a peace officer.
Authorities say Deputy C. Drake and Deputy P. Zelaya were going eastbound on the Westpark Tollway at Synott around 11:30 p.m. Sunday when Njogu slammed his Lexus into their patrol vehicle.
The deputies had left the scene of a major crash before that and were taking the 42-year-old prisoner in the backseat of the patrol unit to jail for allegedly being impaired.
Investigators spoke to the deputies who said they had little time to react. They believe Njogu was headed the wrong way on the road for more than a mile.
Sean Teare with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office says he has seen video of the collision.
“You can see the moment the two deputies go over the hill on the on-ramp as this defendant is basically exiting Westpark the wrong way,” Teare said.
Other drivers apparently called 911 in the moments before the crash, trying to warn authorities of the coming danger. The Harris County Toll Road Authority then located Njogu’s vehicle on camera but could not prevent the head-on collision.
Deputy Drake was driving, but he was unable to take evasive action.
“He had nowhere to go. It is an on-ramp, a one lane on-ramp. He was only able to see him for a split second before the head-on,” Teare explained.
Officials say everyone was wearing a seat belt, and they were all taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. The prisoner died.
Deputy Drake had a broken foot, numerous bruises and cuts, and Deputy Zelaya suffered a concussion. Njogu was taken to the hospital with a broken leg.
There has been several cases where Kenyans have been involved in terrible accidents resulting to death and despite many posting in the Diaspora Shattered dreams, the occurrence is alarming and a drug awareness month is something we should seriously consider.
If you must drink just take an Uber and drink the whole brewery if you have the capacity to do so.
DRIVE TO DRINK BUT DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE….FOR HEAVEN SAKE LEAVE THE VEHICLE AND CALL UBER OR A FRIEND.
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