Police say a suspected shoplifter running from officers hit and killed a woman on Sunday. Now Pasadena police tell Local 2 charges have been filed against the woman.
Police say Robby Jo Hovis was drunk and had just stolen some items from a nearby Walmart. They say she then ran a red light at an intersection, crashed into another vehicle and killed a mother inside.
According to investigators, Hovis was confronted by security guards on Sunday outside the Walmart on Fairmont Parkway after she was suspected of stealing.
"One of the security guards did try to detain her and she pushed the security person to the ground," said Vance Mitchell with the Pasadena Police Department.
Police say it wasn't even a major heist.
"She had apparently taken some toys. I don't know exactly how much. I think it was less than $50 worth of little Hello Kitty type toys," said Mitchell.
Still, Hovis sped away and police say she ran a red light at Nations Road and slammed into a red station wagon, carrying 50-year-old Anita Benton and her 14-year-old daughter.
Benton died at the scene. Her daughter, and Hovis, were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital by LifeFlight.
Hovis, 28, was released from the hospital Sunday with minor injuries. While at the hospital, Pasadena police say a blood draw was performed which indicated that her blood/alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.
Hovis is now charged with intoxication manslaughter.
The 14-year-old who was taken to the hospital with hip injuries was released Monday and is expected to recover.