ABC News/KTRK-TV(HOUSTON) — Five children are in big trouble after leading police on a short chase in a stolen truck and then crashing it into two other cars, leaving an elderly woman seriously injured. The incident occurred on Monday at approximately 3:30 p.m. in Houston, Texas when an off-duty police officer caught a strange sight on W. Sam Houston Parkway Beltway, according to ABC News’ Houston station KTRK-TV. “I was just going picking up my daughter from daycare, and as I looked over my right shoulder and saw these kids in a truck,” said off-duty Houston Police Department officer Dekendrick Spears. “The driver noticed and he looked shocked … he slowed down to about 10, maybe 15 MPH on the beltway which I thought was odd.”The driver? A 14-year-old boy. The passengers? Four other juveniles aged 11 and 13. Spears immediately called in the plates and discovered that the vehicle was stolen and proceeded to follow the car in his personal vehicle until support patrol units could catch up. “When you mix young kids and cars, you rarely have good outcomes,” Chief of Vehicular Crimes Division Sean Teare told KTRK. And it didn’t.When the 14-year-old driver caught sight of the incoming police officers he decided to speed through a residential neighborhood as well as a stop sign. Only moments later, the vehicle with the five kids in it struck a Lexus driven by an older woman followed by a Tundra truck with a fourth grader and his mother inside. Caleb Nunez, a fourth grader, and his mother were in the first vehicle that was hit and told KTRK about what he saw.“We were driving there. Then, the car stops, a sudden jerk, and we’re spinning around uncontrollably,” Caleb said. “Then I saw a police officer running after the guys in the truck.” Said Caleb’s mother: “He t-boned us straight on, probably at about 60 MPH, spun the Toyota Tundra and we landed on the opposite side of the street … We are just thanking the Lord that it wasn’t any worse for us.” Police quickly caught the 14-year-old driver and the four other passengers and all of them were sent to hospitals and checked out.The elderly woman in the Lexus was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Teare said the 14-year-old driver is expected to be charged with two felony charges of aggravated assault and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. “Having a 10-year-old myself,” said one neighbor. “That kind of makes it pretty real.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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The group’s findings have been sent to the senior judiciary. Todd said: ‘We hope that the recommendations which we have put forward for discussion provide a sensible starting point to continue to improve and evolve civil litigation in this jurisdiction.’ Read the full report. All cases should be docketed to ensure consistency and effectiveness of case management decisions Case management conferences, conducted by the trial judge, should take place no later than the close of pleadings, at which point the parties should be required to identify the issues to be decided and the evidence required, thus limiting disclosure and the preparation of evidence Pre-action protocols should be abolished as, by formalising the pre-action process, they add to the length and expense of proceedings. The emphasis instead should be on detailed pleadings in compliance with the rules The CPR rules for witness statements should be abolished and replaced by rules for witness summaries, covering a number of specified areas, and subject to the judge’s discretion to exclude oral evidence or direct witness statements A single, electronic case management administration system should be implemented across the jurisdictions of the Rolls Building, in order to improve the efficiency of (and time spent on) both case management conferences and docketing, and There should be only one procedural guide for the Rolls Building. Better case management with all cases docketed and dealt with by a single judge are among the Bar Council’s recommendations to make civil justice quicker and more cost effective. A working party chaired by the immediate past chairman of the bar, Michael Todd QC, published its report on ‘Reforming civil litigation’ today. The recommendations come shortly after the chancellor of the High Court commenced a review of the practice and procedure of the Chancery Division. The group’s key recommendations are: