A New Caney High School sophomore was killed in a Sunday morning accident on US 59 near the San Jacinto River. Jose Damian, who turned 17 on Friday, was headed to a truck show in Pasadena with his two older brothers  and sister in-law  when they had a flat tire. They were southbound on US 59 at the 1960 exit when they pulled off to the side of the road and changed the tire on their Chevy Avalanche.

Around 4:45 a.m., Javier Damian said they were loading tools back into the truck when he looked up and saw a silver Dodge Charger headed straight for the truck.

“My little brother went to put the jack under the seat, where they go,” Javier said. “I was on the other side putting up some tools when I saw the car just come, and just hit him – hit my truck from the back.”

“I just screamed,” he said. “I wasn’t even done screaming when the car hit him. It was just so quick.”

Javier Damian looked at his older brother and   sister-in-law, who were also outside of the vehicle, and they were unharmed. He and his brother then realized they did not see Jose. Their worst fears were soon confirmed. Jose was on the ground beside the truck, beyond help, and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Javier Damian said Sunday was to be his little brother’s first time to attend a truck show, and the teen was so excited, he hadn’t slept the night before.  They left early so they wouldn’t have to wait in a long line.

The driver of the Charger was unconscious. He was transported by ground ambulance in critical condition.  The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is expected to file Intoxication Manslaughter charges against that driver, but have not released his name as the investigation continues.

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  1. chickenlips

    Hopefully the drunk will go ahead and die and save us taxpayers a lot of money since all the legal system in Monkey County is going to do is waste a lot of time and money only to give this one way murderer a little probation.
    May he wake up in Hell!
    Prayers for the grieving family of the innocent victim.

  2. kj2104

    My prayers are with the family of the victim. I can’t even imagine the pain they are going through. thos intoxicated driver needs to be punished to the fullest extint of the law and beyond….. A 17 year old boy lost his life before it could even get started. My heart truly hurts for his family.

  3. conroe911

    Very sad and unfortunate.
    We say the same thing every time this happens.
    How we are praying for the families of the hurt and injured and the loss.
    Drinking and driving is an inconsiderate and selfish thing to do that has caused so much pain and grief.
    But knowing that we have folks out here driving vehicles while under the influence we MUST do things to protect ourselves.
    The pickup truck should have got off the main lanes at the exit.
    The driver of the truck could not have picked a worst place to stop in the V of the exit. Those barrels are there because even sober people hit them all the time. His truck became the barrel. The drunk guy needs punished to the max and people need to use some better judgement to protect ourselves and loved ones out in the streets.

    Maybe seeing this through 911 eyes gives me a different perspective.

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