Cruz said the TABC investigation began in February. He would not reveal details of the probe, but prosecutors and police said it arose from the death of a Texas Department of Transportation worker, David Hall Jr., who was struck while working on a downtown Houston street on Aug. 30. Hall was assisting a clean-up crew in the left lane in the 100 block of Travis when Ray John Wilson, veered around a TxDOT truck blocking the left lane and hit him, authorities said.
Wilson, an Aramark employee, continued for about a quarter of a mile before he was stopped by a police officer in an unmarked car, authorities said. Police arrested him on suspicion of DWI, as well as failure to stop and render aid. Prosecutors said Wilson failed a field sobriety test and tested over the legal limit for alcohol. He faces trial in August on intoxication manslaughter charges.
“We definitely have reason to believe that he was given free drinks,” said Houston Police Department Officer Don Egdorf, who worked the case. Egdorf said Wilson told officers he had not been working and had had only two drinks at the ballpark, but investigators said they believe he consumed more.
Egdorf said Wilson admitted that he was coming from the Astros game. The fatal crash happened only minutes after he drove away from the ballpark.