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November 20, 2023

UPDATE: DWI suspect charged with murder following Deer Park crash that claimed teen's life

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HARRIS COUNTY, TX -- The DWI suspect who was arrested after a crash last Tuesday in Deer Park that critically hurt a teenage girl is now charged with murder following her death, reports ABC13.

The incident unfolded in the 2100 block of Georgia Avenue at Wildwood Drive on November 14, at about 3:30 p.m.

Authorities say 55-year-old Leland Smith was driving while intoxicated when his vehicle veered onto a sidewalk and struck the 17-year-old victim, who was walking home from school.

The teen, who suffered critical injuries, was rushed to an area hospital. On Friday morning, officials confirmed that the victim's family had made a decision to take her off life support.

Smith was initially charged with intoxication assault following his arrest. On Monday, November 20, ABC13 reported that the charge has been upgraded to murder. He was transported to Harris County Jail on Friday and is being held on $100,000 bond. He is expected to appear in court on Monday, November 27.


If your loved one was hit and fatally injured by a reckless driver, we extend our deepest condolences. After an unimaginable loss, your family deserves justice and maximum compensation. At this very sensitive time, our Houston wrongful death lawyers at McLaurin Law, PLLC, are here to help you understand all your legal options. Reach out to our team to start a conversation and book a free consultation.

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