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child killed crossing highway to buy gum

jazmineJust before 4:30 p.m. witnesses reported a major accident on Albert Moorehead Road and Central Montgomery County Fire Department responded. As firefighters pulled out of the station northbound on FM 1314 and turned onto the next street, they saw several children walking.

Within minutes another call came in for an auto/pedestrian accident at Bert Brown Rd. and FM 1314. Caney Creek Fire Department , which was next closest was dispatched to that scene. Another Central Montgomery County Fire Fighter who was off duty and lived near the station heard the call and responded. He was there with in minutes and found the 8-year child lying motionless in the southbound lane of FM 1314. CPR was already being administered as he took over.

According to family members Jazmin Alvarez was walking to the convenience store across from the fire station to buy some gum, She was with one of her siblings and several other children. They all lived in a trailer park approximately one half mile from FM 1314 on Bert Brown.

According to DPS Troopers Byron Smith, 58 of Conroe was northbound on FM 1314 and started to slow to turn onto Bert Brown. Riding with him was his wife Shelley. It was at that point the child just darted out and was hit. Smith said,  “ she just ran out I had no time to hit my brakes or swerve or anything.” Smith was taken for a mandatory blood draw which is state law when a fatality is involved. He was visibly shaken.

According to DPS Smith cooperated completely through the investigation with both them and  Assistant District Attorney Andrew James who is part of the District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Unit. No charges are expected.

Jazmin had four other siblings. Her father passed away last year and her mother works twelve hour days in the Woodlands to provide for the children. The owner of the trailer park, Garland Barnett said the family has lived there about a year. Many times they have helped them with clothing or food. He purchased a bicycle for one of the male family members last month.

Neighbors are planning to set up a memorial to assist the family with funeral expenses.



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