ABC13’s Nick Natario speaks to the Splendora man who held a drunk driver four years ago and how that moved him to a life in law enforcement.
By Nick Natario
SPLENDORA, Texas (KTRK) — A Splendora man who stopped a deadly DWI suspect from getting away, continues to show why he’s a hero.
With the May sun beaming down, Sean Allison stood among the weeds thinking about how much two crosses changed his life.
“It feels like it was yesterday,” Allison recalled.
Four years ago, he was driving when he spotted an accident along U.S. 59 in Splendora. Allison’s attention turned when he spotted a man running from the scene. He chased him to a parking lot.
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“As soon as I got behind him, I could smell the trail of alcohol that he was leaving,” Allison recalled.
After tackling the suspect, Allison pinned him on the grass and waited for police.
“That was actually the longest six minutes of my life,” Allison remembered.
Alejandro Lopez was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Days after the crash, Allison told Eyewitness News he was angry.
“I still am, because regardless of him getting 40 years, that still doesn’t bring them back,” Allison referred to Brad and Shea Frazier, the couple who passed away because of Lopez’s actions.
The anger isn’t holding him back. He’s harnessed his emotions into helping others.
Brad’s brother, Brandon Frazier, is in law enforcement. After hearing Allison tackled the suspect, the two became close. Brandon encouraged Allison to pursue the police academy.
“To see somebody who had a goal, like him, meet that, that was pretty phenomenal,” Brandon said.
Four years later, not only did he graduate, he’s now working as a Splendora ISD officer.
“When I got here to the school, it was awesome,” Allison said. “The positivity. The kids coming up to you, hugging you every day.”
Allison isn’t the only one excelling. The Fraziers’ kids are doing well too.
“I think they’re doing well, all things considered,” said the kids’ grandfather, John Frazier. “They seem to be very well adjusted and happy.”
Sienna, now 7, and Raina, 4, live with immediate family. Raina will start school this fall. Sienna just made the honor roll.
The family credits a lot of the achievement to community support. Following the wreck, a number of people donated money and items.
“We try to make the best decisions we can to put them on the right path, and the decisions we feel they would support,” Brandon said. “But I don’t think anything would ever change that they would prefer to be the ones here.”
By by John Fenoglio
SPLENDORA, TX (KTRK) — Two young girls will have to grow up without their parents. The Splendora family was involved in a crash with a suspected drunk driver. The young father and mother did not survive.
The small towns that dot US 59 in East Montgomery County make up a community where most folks know each other by name. The loss of one life here is hard to handle, but the loss of two lives at the same time is devastating
“It took my son from me, you took my daughter-in-law from me, you left my grandbabies orphans,” said John Frazier, the victim’s father.
Frazier is facing the grim task of having to bury not one but two children. His son Brad Frazier and his daughter-in-law Shea Frazier were both killed when authorities say a drunk driver crashed into them Sunday evening around 7pm.
They were both just 21 years old, leaving behind two little girls — one of them barely six weeks old; the other is two years old.
Alejandro Guzman Lopez, 23, is charged with intoxication manslaughter, being held on a $600,000 bond in the Montgomery County Jail.
As family members grieve the loss, they’ve set up Go Fund Me accounts to help pay for Brad’s funeral service, as well another account to help pay for Shea’s funeral services.