Man charged in toddler’s hit-and-run death was out on bond for another DWI, court documents show
At a bond hearing, prosecutors said Rene Alfredo Alvarado Lopez, 22, admitted he drank five 32-ounce beers before running over Eider Yestzal Orellana.
Houston police said Rene Alfredo Alvarado Lopez ran over the toddler, identified as Eider Yestzal Orellana, at an apartment complex over the weekend and then tried to leave the scene.
Alvarado Lopez, who turned 22 the day of the accident, was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid.
The El Salvador native appeared in court Monday where the prosecutor said he admitted drinking five 32-ounce beers before the accident. The judge said Alvarado Lopez also didn’t show up in court on the Collin County charge so there was a warrant for his arrest. She set his bond for each charge at $100,000 for a total of $200,000.
According to HPD, Alvarado Lopez was speeding through the parking lot of an apartment complex in a Dodge Ram pickup when he hit Eider. Police said he kept driving and tried to leave, but witnesses stopped him until first responders arrived.
It happened Saturday on Nairn Street, near South Gessner Road and Bissonnet Street, shortly after 4 p.m.
Sean Teare with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office said responding officers reported that Alvardo Lopez showed signs of intoxication. A drug recognition expert evaluated him at the scene.
Intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid are second-degree felonies and carry a possible penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
In a separate weekend tragedy, a 6-year-old boy was run over multiple times by a 52-year-old man, police said.
According to court documents, Pedro Hernandez is a repeat offender with DWI charges in three different counties since 2015.
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