04-18-2009, 11:57 PM #1
TX - Five kids drown as drunk man drives into high water, Houston, 19 April 2009
HOUSTON — Five Houston children were feared dead after the car they were riding in was swept away by high water Saturday evening, a fire official said.
Rescue workers found the car about 7:30 p.m., about 100 feet from where the driver lost control 2 1/2 hours earlier, Houston Fire Assistant Chief Omero Longoria told the Houston Chronicle for its online edition.
The car came to rest in a drainage ditch filled with about 9 feet of water. Two men and a 10-year-old girl managed to escape the car, but a strong storm current initially prevented rescuers from getting to it, Longoria
What is wrong with people we have had alot of rain and it floods easily in the houston area. Why did they try to drive through this??
Last edited by jnTexas; 04-19-2009 at 12:20 AM. Reason: to add (driver drunk and on cell )
04-19-2009, 12:19 AM #2
oh it gets better the driver lost control while answering a cell phone. GRRRR!
There were eight people in the car when it fell into the creek off of Greens Road just south of Bush Intercontinental Airport. Police now say the passenger tells them the driver lost control while answering his cell phone
At the scene, police say the driver showed signs of intoxication and failed a field sobriety test. He was taken into custody to get a blood sample, but has not been charged with a crime.
The children were a 1-year-old girl, a 3-year-old girl and three boys age 4, 6 and 7, according to police. Authorities say some are related, but it's unclear what their relationships are. Their identities have not been released.
This guy is going to spend a lot of time in jail!!
04-19-2009, 06:24 AM #3Originally Posted by [B
04-19-2009, 09:42 AM #4
How on earth do you fit 8 people in a Lincoln Continental? At least 3 of those children should have been in car seats or boosters. Of course, if your value system allows you to drive drunk with your 6 children in the car, I suppose craming 6 children & 2 adults in a car meant for 5 or 6 is nothing to you. I feel terrible for those babies.
CNN said the uncle of the children rescued a 10 year old girl from the car.
04-19-2009, 10:55 AM #5
The driver, identified as Chanton Jenkins, is expected to be charged with at least one count of intoxication manslaughter after failing a sobriety test says Houston Police Department Spokesperson Kese Smith
Smith says that an HPD dive team assisted in pulling the vehicle from the bayou last night. Inside the vehicle were the bodies of three male children; a 4-year old, 7-year old and 11-year old, says Smith.
I'm sure hoping they increase it to 5 accounts of intoxication manslaughter!
The 1 yr old, and 3 yr old have not been found. They think the water swept them away. That makes me think neither one was in a car seat.
In my opinion the passenger should be charged with at least 6 counts of child endangerment. For letting his POS brother drive drunk with 6 kids in the car!!
04-19-2009, 10:59 AM #6
I'm praying for this family. I hope they get help for the 10 yr old. Three of the other children were her siblings, and the other two are cousins.
04-19-2009, 12:13 PM #7
Bless their hearts - such a sad story.I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!
04-19-2009, 01:16 PM #8
I read this story last night and just now came across it here. When I read it last night there were few details.
Two years ago or so, we had a drought breaker here in Central Texas. No less than 7 ppl were drowned by driving during the deluge. O/T but locally a woman drove her SUV across the road that went above a creek. The creek had submerged the road, yet she chose to drive through and her SUV was swept away with two of her children while she scrambled to safety. I have to be honest, I have a hard time being sympathic to that woman. It's a fault of mine, I have yet to overcome.
Now for this particular incident, I'm left shaking my head again, two men and one child were able to get to safety and five were left to succumb. How do you make that choice? As an adult (or parent) how do you choose to save yourself before you save your child? I know myself very well, and given previous experiences of me and my children threatened with potential harm or death, if it had been me~ I would be one of the deceased too.
Bless the hearts of those children and their families. I hope that the other two children are located soon."Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." ~ Henry James
04-20-2009, 12:42 AM #9
found this update, guys.
HOUSTON -- Police filed intoxication manslaughter charges Sunday against a driver who lost control of his car while using a cell phone, plunging the vehicle into a rain-filled ditch and killing five children inside.
Chanton Jenkins, 32, failed a field sobriety test after the accident Saturday, which followed torrential rain storms, Houston police Kese Smith said.Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don't say it mean.
We are all just trying to make sense of an unimaginable crime.
04-20-2009, 09:35 AM #10
Monday April 20 2009
A body believed to be that of a 1-year-old girl swept away from the car was found Sunday.
April 20, 2009 | 8:28 AM
...Divers and Texas Equusearch spent Sunday recovering the bodies of four of the children, but a fifth child, four-year-old Hallie Jenkins, is still missing. Recovery teams will resume their search at 8am and will search deeper waters by boat today...
Video coverage at second link.
I'm"Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." ~ Henry James
04-20-2009, 03:04 PM #11
God bless those poor babies, they must have been so scared. I hope that POS gets a real sentence and not some slap on the wrist.Happy New Years
04-20-2009, 06:11 PM #12
texas equisearch is searching for the last child in the bayou. they also helped in the search over the weekend. Go Tim & company!!
The car was a lincoln LS sports sedan. I have one this car is a five seater. the back is not even big enough for three kids car seats. these kids must have been piled on top of each other.
04-21-2009, 10:09 AM #13
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 | 7:11 AM
Texas Equusearch volunteers will re-launch their boats today to try to find the one missing victim of the crash. They believe 4 year old body was carried downstream after she drowned on Saturday.Along with Hallie, killed in the accident were Dreton Thompson, 11, and his brother, Malik Barlow, 7; Devin Jenkins, 4; and Karrinton Jenkins, 1."Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." ~ Henry James
04-21-2009, 04:15 PM #14
oh my, what an angelic face...Find Brian Shaffer!!
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04-21-2009, 05:42 PM #15
April 21, 2009, 2:12PM
Searchers early this afternoon found what appears to be the body of Hallie Jenkins, the 4-year-old girl who has been missing since her father's car plunged into a north Houston drainage ditch on Saturday, killing her and four other children, Houston police said.
The discovery was reported around 1:30 p.m. today along Greens Bayou near Beltway 8.None of the children in the car was buckled in, according to prosecutors.
Child Protective Services caseworkers will investigate the deaths of all five children, as well as the home life of Barnes, the only surviving child, who is recovering from minor scrapes and bruisesJenkins told the judge in court Monday that he would hire his own attorney. He could face 80 years in prison if convicted on all charges. Each carries a two- to 20-year sentence and a fine of up to $10,000.
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