A newly released video shows a Good Samaritan in Texas chasing down and restraining a drunk driver who bolted on foot after fatally striking an off-duty police officer.
Dylan Molina, 27, drove through a red light and crashed into an off-duty police officer’s family car, killing the officer and injuring his family. But instead of waiting for police to arrive or helping, a visibly drunk Molina tried to run away as bystanders tried to help the dead officer’s family, video shows.
“Hey! Get over here,” Justin Gonzalez says as he chases after Molina. After Molina trips, Gonzalez gets on top and pins him, shouting, “You killed somebody! Stay right there.”
“You see what you did,” Gonzalez shouts.
Alex Cervantes, who worked at Euless Police Department in North Texas, died at the scene. His wife Priscilla and their two sons, 11 and 12, were both seriously injured but survived.
Molina pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter last month, over a year after the crash, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. According to police, Molina consumed eight double-shot vodka Red Bulls at a Mexican restaurant before getting in his car.
“[Molina] was driving down at a high rate of speed,” Gonzalez said, recalling the crash.
After the crash, Gonzalez said that when he saw Molina bolt, he felt that he had to do something — so he chased him down.
“At that time, I just blacked out,” Gonzalez told Fox 4 Dallas. “I had the father instincts, the dad instincts. Because two seconds later, it would’ve been my car.”
Bartender Cala Richardson, 26, has been charged with overserving alcohol to Molina, according to Law and Crime. Richardson told police that she believed Molina had only consumed six mixed drinks, and that she didn’t notice signs of intoxication until he walked into an employee-only area. He left the bar several minutes later.
Priscila Cervantez has filed a lawsuit against the Mexican restaurant, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, saying that Richardson and her manager did not possess the TABC permit needed to serve alcohol. Both obtained their permits three days after the fatal crash, the suit said, reports WFAA. The family is also suing General Motors, saying Cervantez was properly seated and buckled and that the airbags created an unreasonable risk of impact injury.