HOUSTON - The man Harris County sheriff's had been searching for in connection with a street racing crash that killed a pastor and his wife turned himself in Friday, authorities said.
According to police, Alexis De Larosa Sosa was driving a Chevy pickup truck and racing a Chrysler Challenger west along North Sam Houston Parkway at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when he ran the light at Bammel and T-boned a BMW.
Jesse Estrada Sabillon, who was driving the BMW, and his wife, Marisa Sabillon, who was in the passenger's seat, were pronounced dead at the scene. Family members said they were driving home after visiting their niece, who just had a baby, in the hospital.
De Larosa Sosa, 21, ran from the wreck before officers arrived, police said.
According to police, Sosa hid in the woods after the crash and only came out to get food.
Deputies said Sosa gave a voluntary statement after he surrendered to authorities, and that he had visible injuries to his face and leg.
Police said Sosa is in the U.S. on a Visa from Mexico.
Sosa is charged with two counts of failure to stop and render aid and two counts of felony racing.
"This is a senseless tragedy that didn't have to happen. I encourage parents that turn their kids loose to talk to them about the dangers of racing, speeding, disregarding state laws. This was a pillar of the community. You can tell he raised his family well. He was a pastor of the church who's going to miss him. His family's going to miss him," Sgt. Cedrick Collier, with the Harris County Sheriff's Office, said.
The couple’s sons spoke Friday at a press conference announcing the arrest.
"This young man, he committed an atrocity. He committed a crime. It impacted us. But there's individuals out there, young people making a difference every day, just like my father," son Allan Sabillon said.
"Ever since a young age, he had a good head on his shoulders. And as time passed, and he got married, and had a marital life with our mother, and we came along, they instilled in us the good morals and good values and good hard honest work," son Jesse Sabillon Jr. said.
"For those other individuals, we ask that you do the right thing yourself. Turn yourself in, you know. Be a man. Stand up. Be courageous. Represent your family, and the honor, like we represent our family this day," Allan Sabillon said. "Houston is a stand up city where they support one another, and I thank everybody for that."
Jesse Sabillon was a minister at Iglesia Nuevo Amanecer Baptist Church in the Cloverleaf area.
The Sabillons, who were married for more than 30 years, leave behind three sons and several grandchildren.