Accident

Young Mother, 28, Killed. Ten-Year-Old Son Critical After Crashed Into By Oklahoma Driver Running from Police

Bobby Lee Murphy, 37, ran red light in attempt to evade traffic stop in Garland, police said

Karla Rico, 28, and her 10-year-old son were passing through an intersection when their vehicle was struck by Bobby Lee Murphy as he ran a red light in an attempt to evade police in Garland, Texas, on Monday.  (Rico Family)

Texas mom was killed and her 10-year-old son was critically injured on Monday after a driver ran a red light while trying to flee police and crashed into their vehicle, authorities said.

The crash happened at the intersection of Garland Avenue and Miller Road around 3:30 p.m., the Garland Police Department said.

Karla Rico, 28, and her son were traveling through the intersection when their silver Toyota was struck by a black Honda Accord driven by 37-year-old Bobby Lee Murphy, of Oklahoma, police said.

Rico died at the scene while her son was rushed to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Rico’s poodle, Apollo, also died in the crash. A second vehicle was also struck and that driver suffered minor injuries, police said.Rico died at the scene while her son was rushed to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Rico’s poodle, Apollo, also died in the crash.

Rico died at the scene while her son was rushed to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Rico’s poodle, Apollo, also died in the crash.

Rico died at the scene while her son was rushed to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Rico’s poodle, Apollo, also died in the crash. (Rico Family)

“This is a tragedy, this is something that really hits home, an innocent person lost their life,” Garland Police Lt. Pedro Barineau told FOX4 Dallas-Fort Worth.

In the moments leading up to the fatal crash, police said Murphy had fled from a traffic stop and officers were in pursuit.Bobby Lee Murphy was hospitalized with serious injuries and later charged with murder and evading arrest – causing serious bodily injury, police said.

Bobby Lee Murphy was hospitalized with serious injuries and later charged with murder and evading arrest – causing serious bodily injury, police said.

Bobby Lee Murphy was hospitalized with serious injuries and later charged with murder and evading arrest – causing serious bodily injury, police said. (Dallas County Jail)

An officer had earlier pulled over Murphy, who was in the Accord with two passengers, for a traffic violation and found evidence of narcotics in the vehicle, police said. Before the officer could investigate further, police said Murphy sped off.

Officers chased Murphy, who continued to speed in an attempt to evade police, to the intersection, police said. As Murphy neared the intersection without showing any signs of slowing down, an officer activated his overhead lights and siren in an attempt to alert other drivers to the potential danger.

“But once again, this car was driving so fast, it was within seconds he went through the intersection,” Barineau told the station.

Murphy and the two passengers were hospitalized with injuries from the crash. Murphy, who suffered serious injuries, was charged with murder and evading arrest – causing serious bodily injury.

Written by Stephen Sorace

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