Updated January 15, 2019
A second driver in a deadly chase that killed 45-year-old Silvia Zavala on New Year’s Day has been indicted by a Harris County Grand Jury. Christopher Lopez, 45, faces charges of manslaughter, failure to stop and render aid and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Lopez was the driver of the tan late 70’s model Lincoln and allegedly showed a semi-automatic handgun during a high-speed chase with some teenagers in another vehicle. The 14-year-old driver of the tan GMC Acadia also was charged with murder. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office reported the GMC Acadia ran a red light at Aldine Westfield and crashed into the Ford F-150 driven by Zavala at the intersection of Aldine Westfield Road.
Posted January 3, 2019
A 14-year-old male driver has been charged with murder in the fatal crash that killed 45-year-old Silvia Zavala in north Harris County on New Year’s Day. Zavala was driving south in a Ford F-150 when the teenage driver’s car crashed into her truck in the intersection of Aldine Westfield Road. The accident happened around 2:20 p.m.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office investigators say a tan GMC Arcadia driven by the 14-year old driver with two juvenile passengers, was speeding west on Aldine Mail Route and ran through a red light at the intersection of Aldine Westfield Road.
Before the fatal crash, the teens in the GMC Arcadia reportedly were throwing eggs at a tan late 70’s model Lincoln with a white leather top and chrome wheel extensions.
According to HCSO, the driver of the Lincoln was chasing the GMC Arcadia and allegedly showed a semi-automatic handgun.
HCSO investigators found the Lincoln’s driver–a Hispanic male in his late 20’s with a tattoo on his left forearm and elbow. He is cooperating with the HCSO vehicular crimes investigation.