A Texas man stole an 18-wheeler truck and drove it into a mobile home in northwest Harris County, not far from Houston, killing a woman in her 50s who was inside the mobile home at the time.
Eric Black, 39, was charged with murder and reckless aggravated assault. Those are felonies that could land him in prison for 25 years to life, KTRK reports.
One man is in the hospital with severe injuries and his wife is dead after Monday night’s events.
Suspect Led Police on Chase Before Crashing into Mobile Home
Black allegedly stole the truck at a little before 10:40 p.m. on Monday from a trucking company at 14700 Sommermeyer, in the Hempstead Highway and Gessner neighborhood.
The trucking company quickly reported the truck stolen. Fortunately for them, there was a GPS tracking system on the truck, so Houston police swiftly tracked it down.
When police found the truck, Black was still in it. He proceeded to flee from officers in the 18-wheeler as police gave chase.
Meanwhile, ten miles away from the trucking company site, Jeff Conyers, his wife, his brother and one other person were minding their own business inside the mobile home. They didn’t see the truck coming.
With the cops on his tail, Black steered the truck into the mobile home and leaped out of the vehicle just before it hit the house, according to police. After police tackled him, an ambulance took him to the hospital to receive treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
Conyers, however, was trapped beneath the 18-wheeler.
Firefighters Saved Conyers, But They Could Not Save His Wife
Firefighters who arrived on the scene rushed to shore up poles around the mobile home to keep the structure from collapsing. Then they set about saving Conyers. He arrived at the hospital seriously injured. But doctors say he is likely to survive.
The same could not be said of Conyers’s wife. The other two people in the mobile home were not injured.
Police told KTRK that Black has a long rap sheet and was out on parole when he stole the 18-wheeler. Prosecutors plan to ask the judge to deny the suspect bond.