Suspected drunk driver kills 12-year-old autistic boy

Suspected drunk driver kills 12-year-old autistic boy

A 12-year-old autistic boy reported missing was killed after being hit by a truck while walking on an overpass Saturday night in southwest Houston, police said.

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by KHOU.com staff

kvue.com

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 9:20 AM

HOUSTON – A 12-year-old autistic boy was killed Saturday night after he slipped away from his parents and ended up getting struck by a drunk driver on a southwest Houston freeway overpass, according to Houston police.

The boy’s parents reported him missing around 5:30 p.m. after they realized he was not in the home. About two and a half hours later, the child was walking in the northbound lanes of S. Post Oak at Main when he was hit by a black pickup truck. The boy died at the scene.

Police said the driver was found to be intoxicated and arrested for DWI. Although the driver was charged with DWI, he may not be at fault in the death because the boy was walking in a moving lane of traffic.

The case has been referred to the District Attorney’s Office.

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