HPD: Man charged in alcohol-related crash that killed 6-year-old

By Nakia Cooper - Senior Web Editor, Phil Archer - Reporter

HOUSTON - A boy was killed Sunday when a drunken driver ran a red light and slammed into the car he was riding in with his mother, according to Houston police.

Joshua Medrano was in the rear seat when Blaine Boudreaux, 34, hit his mother's Honda Civic at the intersection of Lockwood and Interstate 10 East just after 6 p.m.

"I was in complete shock.  It was totally unexpected. He was just a baby," the boy's stepfather, Joseph Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez says he rushed to Ben Taub hospital to be with his wife after learning about the crash. Cynthia Medrano was being treated for broken ribs and a punctured lung.

"I had to break the news to her. It was so hard to say," Joseph Rodriguez said.

The little boy was taken to Texas Children's Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived. His grandmother, Katie Villareal, had gone there to check on his condition.

"The doctor came, and the chaplain. They didn't have to tell me, I just sensed that he was gone," Villareal said as she fought back tears.

Villareal said medics performed CPR on Joshua at the scene, but couldn't revive him.

"He was my little sunshine," she said.

Villareal said Joshua loved the beach and was looking forward to visiting Galveston for his birthday in May. The family said he wanted to be a weatherman.

The little boy attended Miller Elementary School in Pasadena where counselors were brought in today to talk with teachers and students.

According to police, Boudreaux had been drinking before he got behind the wheel of his black Dodge 1500 pickup truck. He was traveling northbound in the 1400 block of Lockwood when he ran a red light at the intersection and struck Medrano's car.

Boudreaux has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault with bond set at $50,000.

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