Pedro Hernandez: Repeat DWI offender arrested for running over 6-yr-old boy THREE TIMES!

Pedro Hernandez: Repeat DWI offender arrested for running over 6-yr-old boy THREE TIMES!
Pedro Alberto Hernandez, 52, was charged with murder and driving while intoxicated, killing a 6-year-old boy in the process (Houston Police Department)

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HOUSTON, TEXAS: A man was arrested after he reportedly ran over a boy who was on his way to a store with his family on Saturday, October 2. Pedro Alberto Hernandez was charged on suspicion of murder and driving while intoxicated after reportedly running over the 6-year-old boy three times resulting in his death. Witnesses explained that Hernandez tried to flee the scene but was apprehended and held until the police came. 

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As per Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the boy was walking across a laundromat parking lot in the 9600 block of Leawood Boulevard with his grandfather at around 6 pm when Hernande ran over him. A witness who wished to remain unnamed told Fox10TV, "The grandfather, out of panic, he kept saying, ‘My grandson, my grandson,’ and then the driver was not in his senses, so he backs up on him (the boy) again. He ran over once and back onto him." When arrested, Hernandez, 52, told the police that he indeed drank four 16-ounce beers while sitting in his car at work before going to the washeteria to meet someone who owed him money. He claimed he did not see anyone in the parking lot. Hernandez has a record as well which is full of DWIs as per the court documents.

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The grandfather told the police that Hernandez smirked at him while trying to run away. The grandfather was able to pull Hernandez out of the car and pin him against the hood of a car. This is when bystanders rushed to the scene and held the 52-year-old until the police arrived. Sean Teare, with Harris County’s Vehicular Crimes Division, told the outlet that Hernandez is a repeat offender. She explained that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office was the first in the state to attach a felony charge to a DWI offense. Teare said, "What we are doing as an office and with our law enforcement partners is we charge those cases differently."

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Click2Houston explains that this is not the first time Hernandez has been in trouble with the law. He first spent 30 days in jail back in 2015 for a DWI, was then convicted of a DWI in Freestone County the next year, and was convicted of a third DWI in Fort Bend County in 2020. Hernandez is still serving his five years probation for the 2020 DWI conviction, according to court records. His bond was set at a combined $600,000.

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