Teen driver convicted in death of man he says threw rocks at his car

Maxwell Knupple
Maxwell Knupple

HOUSTON – A teen driver was convicted for striking and killing a man who allegedly threw rocks at his sports car, according to Houston police.

Maxwell Knupple, 18, was originally charged with murder, but was given a lesser charge of criminal negligent homicide. He is accused in the death of Joshua Boatman, 36, of Houston.   

According to HPD, Boatman was in a private parking lot in the 900 block of Uvalde around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2016, when he was struck by a blue Ford Mustang driven by Knupple.

Knupple told police that Boatman threw rocks at his car as he drove past.  He said when he stopped, he did not see Boatman at first, then Boatman appeared out of nowhere and was threw himself in front of the car.

Paramedics with the Houston Fire Department transported Boatman to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Knupple was questioned and released at the scene, pending further investigation.

On March 23, 2017, Knupple was found guilty and convicted of criminal negligent homicide and sentenced to 15 months in state jail.