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August 13, 2014

6 killed in collision during Texas police pursuit

Six people have been killed, including a family of four, when an SUV speeding from police struck another vehicle southeast of Houston

The Associated Press

LEAGUE CITY, Texas — A family of four were among six people killed Sunday when a motorist seen driving erratically southeast of Houston fled from police and drove through a stop sign before striking another vehicle, police said.

Authorities described the collision in League City as one of the worst they've seen, with both vehicles left unrecognizable.

"As far as lives lost and a devastating accident scene, this would probably top any other accidents for the League City police department," police spokeswoman Reagan Pena said Monday.

The police pursuit began Sunday night in nearby Dickinson when a Dodge Durango was seen operating erratically and without its headlights on, according to Dickinson police Capt. Jay Jaekel. Officer Daniel Banda pursued the Durango but had trouble keeping up, Jaekel said. At one point the SUV clipped a vehicle as it sped through an intersection. Shortly after the Durango drove through the stop sign in League City, entered another intersection and struck a Honda Accord.

Jaekel said the pursuit lasted about a minute and a half. A preliminary investigation indicated Banda followed department policy while engaged in the pursuit, Jaekel said Monday.

The driver of the Durango was identified as Juan Garcia Ahuezoteco, 23. A Galveston County warrant had been previously issued for his arrest on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated, Jaekel said. Ahuezoteco died at the scene Sunday, as did his passenger, Alejandro Molina.

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All four people in the Honda also were killed. Police identified them as Rafael Guerrero, 41, and his wife Alejandra Guerrero, 38; their unidentified 15-year-old son; and the woman's brother, Gilberto Ortega Jr., 25.

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Walter Waganka Walter Waganka Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:31:11 AM Was the pursuit worth the loss of 6 lives?
Alex Young Alex Young Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:34:23 AM Trying to arrest this driver before he killed anyone? The police were trying to avoid this exact circumstance, but he managed to do it in 90 seconds.
James Gormish James Gormish Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:17:44 AM The police weren't the ones that started this chain of events Walter. This was caused by someone who didn't care about the others on the road or himself apperantly. The officer was doing her job and what the city pays her to do. 90 seconds that's not enough time to get other units started her way to help contain the situation.
Jason Rawlins Jason Rawlins Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:39:45 AM Some people just don't understand Emergency services James.
Gary Saffer Gary Saffer Thursday, August 14, 2014 2:54:49 PM Of course if the police hadn't pursued him and he'd hit another vehicle and killed four people, you'd complain about that too. Wouldn't you?

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