Teen accused of cutting homeless woman’s hair and trying to bribe witness

A Texas teenager has been accused of running over and killing a homeless woman while allegedly drunk before trying to bribe witnesses at the scene.

Hunter Cameron Villasana, 17, allegedly mowed down the woman who was sleeping in the street before crashing his black Mercedes GLK 350 into a wall while driving under the influence, the Houston Police Department said.

He has now been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

The teenager was traveling eastbound on West Interstate 10 around 11:25 p.m. Friday when the incident happened.

Prosecutors say the teenager allegedly tried to turn north onto Silber Road at an unsafe speed.

“The Mercedes failed to stay in one lane of traffic, struck a curb and a pedestrian who was sleeping in the median before striking a wall,” police said in a statement of charges.

The teenager reportedly tried to flee the scene after the accident but was apprehended by witnesses.

The 17-year-old appeared in court on Monday, with prosecutors accusing him of lying

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During his court appearance on Monday, it was revealed that Mr Villasana tried to bribe Jack in the Box with Venmo payments if they would let him run away from the scene. KHOU mentionted. Instead, workers detained the teenager until the police arrived.

Members of the Houston Fire Department rushed to the scene and found the woman dead.

Prosecutors also accused Mr. Villasana of lying to investigators after he told them the victim was walking in the middle of the road, while witnesses believe he was in a sleeping bag away from traffic.

“Driving while intoxicated or driving while intoxicated is a scourge in Harris County,” District Attorney Matthew Bergeron told reporters.

“Harris County, don't drive under the influence, don't drive drunk, call a friend, call an Uber, anything to avoid this situation.”

The teenager allegedly tried to bribe witnesses to let him leave the scene

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The teenager's lawyer, Doug Murphy, said Law & Crime that despite Mr Villasana's alleged drink-driving which ended the life of a woman, he remained adamant it was a “tragic accident” and added that the teenager is a “wonderful young child” whose family was “broken for ‘ this”.

The lawyer added that everyone should reserve judgment and await the facts of the incident.

The identity of the dead woman is still pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science, but she has been described to the agency as a white woman in her 50s.

Mr. Villasana was released on $200,000 bail, according to KHO, he is not allowed to drive and must wear an alcohol monitoring device.

He will be back in court in February.