CONROE – On Tuesday, Judge Suzanne Stovall of the 359th District Court signed arrest warrant affidavits for two Conroe residetns in connection with a collision that killed a local high school senior and star athlete on May 24.
Lazaro Millan, 17 and 18-year-old Johnnie O’Neal are charged with Racing Resulting in a Fatality, a second-degree felony, in connection with the death of 17-year-old Jordan Wilson. If convicted, Millan and O’Neal face sentences of two years probation to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
The crash occurred on Memorial Day Weekend, just north of the intersection of Airport Rd. and Byrdsong/E. Semands.
The 2006 Ford Fusion sedan, driven by O’Neal, left the road, struck a culvert, became airborne then ripped through a brick and wrought iron fence before striking a tree. Wilson was a passenger in the vehicle O’Neal was driving, and Millan was driving the other vehicle, according to the affidavits.
The impact was so extreme that crash debris was strewn for hundreds of feet in every direction. The engine was launched into a ditch on the opposite side of the roadway and the transmission landed in the middle of the street.
Wilson was transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Dr. Patricia Moore with the Southeast Texas Forensic Center performed an autopsy on Wilson which found that he died from “blunt force trauma due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash.”
O’Neal was reportedly walking and talking on the scene before he was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands with non-life threatening injuries.
Both O’Neal and Wilson were varsity football players at Conroe High School. Wilson, a CHS Tigers defensive lineman, was named Most Valuable Player of the coaches’ All-District 14-5A team, and honorable mention 2008 Class 5a All-State team.
Wilson died less than a week before graduation, and two weeks before his eighteenth birthday.
The affidavits state Millan told investigators that “a car horn sounded three times indicating the beginning of the race, but that after a short amount of time, he noticed that he could not keep up. Millan stated that he thought he was doing around 70 or 80 miles per hour. Millan stated that he saw O’Neal lose control of his car, that he stopped for a short time, but ultimately fled the scene.”
“Millan stated that he believes that O’Neal was doing about 100 miles per hour.”
Conroe Police Officer Chris Hill, with the Community Oriented Response Team, prepared the accident report referenced in the affidavits, stating that “O’Neal’s speedometer was stuck at approximately 105-110 miles per hour…”
Montgomery County assistant district attorney Warren Diepraam responded to the crash site where he talked to investigators and closely examined the vehicle and the debris field.
On Wednesday, Diepraam said the impact of the wreck was far reaching, and its cause should not be forgotten.
“This tragedy has destroyed families and friendships due to the crash and the commission of the crime,” he said. “Sadly, the defendants have learned that their actions will have consequences for the rest of their lives.”
“Racing and other forms of negligent driving threaten the lives of all residents in our county,” Diepraam said.
The DA’s office has been in contact with Wilson’s family, Diepraam said.
“They are fully supportive of these charges,” he said. “They want a full hearing of the facts in court.”
District Attorney, Brett Ligon restated his intention to “hold all reckless and impaired drivers accountable for their actions.”
“The citizens expect safe roads,” Ligon said. “Our use of these laws ensures that the people of our county will be given an opportunity to send a statement to reckless and negligent drivers through the criminal justice system.”