SAN ANTONIO -- A man has been charged with intoxication manslaughter following an accident on Monday morning that left an 11-year-old dead and five people in hospital, including the boy's mother and three younger siblings.
John Albert Hernandez, 27, was still in his hospital gown when police led him to court on Monday, just hours after police said he rammed his Ford Taurus into a pickup truck full of children.
San Antonio police Chief William McManus said the suspect looked drunk after the crash, and was charged with intoxication manslaughter after alcohol was detected in a blood test.
"At 8 o’clock in the morning, the last thing you would expect is to be hit by a drunk driver," said San Antonio police Chief William McManus. "And here it happens.”
Sgt. Javier Salazar said Hernandez was driving east in the 4100 block of SW Military Drive when he rammed the pickup truck from behind at around 8 a.m.
The truck then went across the median and into the westbound lanes, where it collided with a minivan and rolled several times.
Police said a mother and her four children were inside the truck, including an 11-year-old boy who died while on the way to the hospital. The deceased child was identified as Brian Barrientos.
The mother, a 9-year-old girl, a 7-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy were all taken to area hospitals. A spokesperson for University Hospital said all three kids are in stable condition.
Court records show Hernandez has previously been arrested for terroristic threat of a household member, unlawful carrying of a weapon and assault with bodily injury to a household member.
Inside police headquarters, Hernandez told KENS 5 that he hasn't had a drink in two days.