KATY, Texas (KIAH) — The driver of a car that hit a 14-year-old boy who was riding his bike to school on Thursday morning is now facing charges.
The wreck may have been an accident, but it happened in or near a crosswalk. And that factors into the charge against 20-year-old Devin Delvalle.
The Fort Bend County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office said that a major crash happened at the 6000 block of Mason Road, near Cinco Park, which is close to Creech Elementary School. The crash happened around 6:45 a.m. Thursday.
The teen was riding his bike to Cinco Ranch High School when a car hit him, authorities said. The driver, who is in his early 20s, stayed at the scene and cooperated with officers.
The driver, later identified as Delvalle, was later charged with the boy’s death with motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian or other vulnerable road use within the crosswalk area, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said.
He could also face charges under the new Crosswalk Law or Lisa Torry Smith Act, a law that makes it a felony for a motorist to cause serious bodily injury to a pedestrian legally in a crosswalk.
Delvalle was booked into the Fort Bend County Jail on Thursday afternoon. So far, the name of the boy who died has not been released.
“This is a very sad and tragic incident on both sides, for the driver, and especially for the victim’s family,” said Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan. “Drivers need to slow down and pay attention, and that’s extremely important in areas that are heavily traveled by children.”
The new law is named after Lisa Torrey Smith, who was killed in a Fort Bend County crosswalk by a driver when she was walking her son to school in 2017. This is the second time Fort Bend County has arrested a driver for hitting someone in a crosswalk.
“We have a real problem in our county,” Fort Bend County District Attorney Brain Middleton said earlier this month. “We are hearing multiple reports of motorists completely ignoring pedestrians in crosswalks across the county, including children in school zones. I pushed this in the media and had my investigators enforce the law at local schools within the past two weeks alone. Our county is better than this. Drive respectfully and responsibly and save lives.”