HOUSTON – Two teens believed to be connected to a string of robberies in a southwest Houston neighborhood were arrested Thursday after crash that killed a woman, authorities said.
The crash was reported about 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Troulon and Jorine drives.
Assistant Chief Bobby Dobbins, of the Houston Police Department, said undercover officers were staking out a stolen vehicle when two people got inside and drove away. Dobbins said the vehicle turned onto Troulon Drive and sped through a stop sign, crashing into a vehicle traveling on Jorine Drive.
Officers who were turning onto Troulon Drive while following the vehicle saw the crash happen, Dobbins said. He said the officers tried to save the life of the woman in the vehicle that was hit by the stolen vehicle, but they were unable to get her out of the vehicle.
The 15-year-old driver of the stolen vehicle and his 16-year-old passenger were arrested at the scene, Dobbins said.
Sean Teare, of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, said the two teens are believed to be connected to several aggravated robberies in the area.
The 15-year-old driver will face a murder charge, Teare said. His passenger will likely face aggravated robbery charges, Teare said.
‘We are talking about a felony murder of a woman who at 4 in the afternoon was driving home and these individuals," Teare said, "were traveling at a high rate of speed."
Teare said investigators do not at this point know how fast the teenagers were traveling but it will be determined.
"There is no safe speed to run a stop sign and they blew through that stop sign," he said.
The woman who was killed in the crash was identified only as being older than 60 and having lived in the neighborhood.