• The unnamed boy was run over when walking with his grandfather in a parking lot
  • Pedro Hernandez, 52, was arrested on charges of murder and driving while intoxicated
  • Hernandez was on probation for driving while intoxicated when the incident happened

A 6-year-old Texas boy was killed by a drunk driver who ran over him at a parking lot in Houston. The child's grandfather, who witnessed the incident, shouted at the suspect, who then backed up and ran over the boy two more times, police said.

Pedro Alberto Hernandez, 52, was arrested on charges of murder and driving while intoxicated, for killing the 6-year-old unnamed victim, police said Monday, as reported by Law & Crime.

The incident occurred at around 7 p.m. Saturday when the child was walking across the parking lot with his grandfather. The boy who had run out ahead was struck by Hernandez's vehicle. When the grandfather yelled at Hernandez, he backed up the vehicle and ran over the child again, causing one of the tires to rest on the boy's face.

"When the grandfather yelled again that the Defendant ran over his grandchild, Defendant smirked at him and attempted to drive away," the court documents said.

Although Hernandez attempted to flee, the grandfather pulled him out of his SUV and pinned him to the hood. Meanwhile, other witnesses took Hernandez to the ground and held him until the cops took him into custody. The child was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect, who has already been convicted for drunk driving three times, told the cops that before the fatal incident, he had four 16-ounce beers while he was inside his vehicle parked at his workplace, CBS Austin reported.

Hernandez claimed that he did not see anyone walking in the parking lot at the time he struck the child and was going to meet someone who owed him money. Hernandez told the cops that his wife had offered to pick him up but he told her that he could still drive.

According to reports, the accused is currently serving 5-year probation for driving while intoxicated in connection with a 2020 incident.

"Defendant has demonstrated a repeated apathy towards admonishments and orders from judges and continues to drive after drinking," courts documents stated.

Taking into consideration his repeated offense while on probation, the court ordered Hernandez to be jailed on a $600,000 bond.

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