On March 8, 2010, Kendrick Owens was walking home with a friend, after spending the night at his father's house, along the road in New Caney, Texas, when the1998 Dodge Dakota driven by Javier Correa, 28, went off onto the shoulder of the road and struck the 13-year-old boy.
Correa sped away from the scene, and drove to his residence.
A tow truck driver who saw him hit Kendrick, followed Correa and alerted police to his location.
A few minutes later, Texas Department of Public Safety Officers arrived at Correa's residence and took him into custody.
ABC 13 News reported:
“I detained him and brought him back,” said DPS Trooper Justin Lopez. “He’d been admitting that he’d been drinking this morning.
Kendrick was flown by Life Flight to Hermann Hospital in Houston, where his mother, Rhonda West, spent one hour with her unconscious son, before he was pronounced dead.
Correa was charged with intoxication manslaughter, and failure to stop and render aid. Shortly after the fatal crash, the illegal alien was shown to have a Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) of .29, more than three times the legal limit.
According to police, several drivers called 911 to report Correa’s reckless driving shortly before he hit the Keefer Crossing Middle School student.
Court records show that Correa, had a prior DWI conviction in 2005, as well as a previous conviction for assault causing bodily injury in 2000.
In late December 2010, Correa pleaded guilty to intoxicated manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid. Montgomery County Judge Lisa Michalk sentenced Correa to the maximum penalty on both counts, 20 years and 10 years, respectively.