Houston DWI Driver: Bond for Pedro Alberto Hernandez who is accused of repeatedly hitting 6-year-old Darien Lewis with his car

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — Bail for a man accused of repeatedly hitting and killing a 6-year-old boy with his car was taken during a court hearing on Tuesday.

Pedro Alberto Hernandez, 52, faces murder and DWI charges – third offense or more.

His bail was originally set at $600,000 total, but on Tuesday it was raised to $950,000 — $850,000 for the murder charge and $100,000 for DWI.

The video above is from a previous report.

Records indicate that at the time of the 2020 crash, Hernandez was still on probation on a DWI conviction from Fort Bend County. Under his probationary terms, Hernandez cannot drink and had to install and service an ignition interlock device on his vehicle.

It is believed the court will seek to overturn this probation based on the recent charges.

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The 6-year-old boy who was beaten and killed has been identified as Darien Lewis. His grandfather was there when Darien got stuck under the truck, which he said repeatedly hit him.

“I went down on the floor and I held it,” Dana Hubbard, Darien’s grandfather, told ABC13 only. “I felt his pulse and said, ‘We have a pulse. Somebody call 911 to help my grandson.’ To take his last breath and he lets go of my hand, it hurts a lot.”

Hubbard said his grandchildren were at his house having dinner when they decided to cross the street to grab a snack on Leawood Boulevard in southwest Houston. His grandson was walking across the parking lot in front of a laundry room when he saw the truck.

“He came in on my left and hit my grandson. He was that close to me,” Hubbard said. “I was able to hit his car to let him know what happened. I ran around and said, ‘You just hit my grandson.’ He stopped, backed up, ran over my grandson again and hit his truck on his head.”

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Hubbard said the driver grinned at him as he yelled to get off his grandson, so he opened his front door.

“I threw myself on him because he was laughing and thought it was funny,” Hubbard said.

According to police, Hernandez admitted to drinking four beers beforehand.

“They let him escape. The buck has to stop somewhere,” Hubbard said. “Someone needs to be held accountable for their actions. No more slapping on the wrist.”

Darien had autism, but his grandfather said he knew how to show his love and was learning to say more words.

“This part is hard,” Hubbard said. “Knowing what he could have become despite being disabled, knowing he couldn’t live up to his full potential.”

Hubbard wants his grandson to be remembered for his kind heart. Darien leaves behind a little brother and cousins ​​who are very dear to him. He always wore a fedora that one of his little cousins ​​wears in his honor and held onto his teddy bear.

“He was a loving and respectable kid,” Hubbard said. “He’s a sweet little boy. He always hugged everyone.”

Speaking to ABC13, Hernandez’s wife wanted to express to the family how sorry she was and her heart goes out to them. She claims her husband hadn’t been drinking before and said his car wouldn’t turn on without him using a breathalyzer.

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