17-Year-Old Fatally Struck Woman With Car and Attempted to Bribe Bystanders With Venmo to Flee

The accused appeared in court on Monday after he allegedly struck and killed a homeless woman in Houston last week.

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A Texas teenager is being accused of drunk driving in a shocking incident that left a homeless woman dead.

Houston police say that Hunter Cameron Villasana, 17, was driving too fast in a black Mercedes late last Friday when he hit a curb, then ran over the woman, and slammed into a wall, according to KHOU 11.

Per the news outlet, law enforcement officials said that Villasana then tried to flee the scene. Employees from a nearby Jack in the Box restrained him until police could arrive. When the teen made his court appearance on Monday, prosecutors claimed that Villasana attempted to bribe the fast food workers, saying he would Venmo them if they let him go.

ARRESTED: Hunter Cameron Villasana, 17, is charged with intoxication manslaughter in this fatal crash at 7700 Katy Freeway.

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According to prosecutors, the 17-year-old lied to investigators and said the homeless woman was walking in the middle of the street when he ran her over. The unidentified victim, who police say was a white female in her 50s, was reportedly sleeping under the Katy Freeway.

“Drunk driving, or intoxicated driving, is a plague in Harris County,” said prosecutor Matthew Bergeron to the news station. “Harris County, please do not drive under the influence, do not drive intoxicated, call a friend, call an Uber, anything to avoid this situation.” 

Villasana was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter and was released to his parent’s custody on a $200,000 bond. The judge has ordered him not to drive and wear an SCRAM ankle monitor that detects if you’ve been consuming alcohol.

Villasana will make his next court appearance in February.

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