Mother struck, killed by oncoming Porsche in front of her children in north Harris County, deputies say

HARRIS COUNTY – A mother of two was hit and killed by an oncoming Porsche Cayenne SUV in front of her children in north Harris County late Friday, deputies said.

According to HCSO Sgt. Bondurant with the Vehicular Crimes Unit, it happened in the 500 block of Rankin Road at around 11:45 p.m.

Deputies said a mother and father, identified as Elia and Anthony Vela-Orlando, and their two children were walking westbound on the shoulder of Rankin Road.

Vela-Orlando said they left their motel room to go on a late-night pizza run and were on their way back when the crash occurred.

“We were trying to get down the road, and a car went fast and my wife told the car something, and I saw the car another coming and I told my wife, it was coming but she didn’t hear me. So, I pushed my kids to the grass with the stroller and I went to reach out for my wife, and when I went to reach out for her the car hit my hand and I didn’t even notice that, I just seen my wife,” Vela-Orlando said.

Deputies said Elia was rushed to an area hospital where she later died. Anthony was also taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

The two children were not hurt.

“I just want you to know that life is really precious and that when you have someone you love you need to hold on to them because you never know quick, they could leave,” Vela-Orlando said.

The driver of the Porsche stayed at the scene and cooperated with authorities. Deputies said she did not show signs of intoxication.

At this time, no charges have been filed.

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