HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Houston police have identified the man that killed a woman in a driving while intoxicated vehicle crash on the Southwest Freeway on Saturday. Rosenberg resident Stephen Alan Cook, 45, worked as a Missouri City Police Department officer from 2003 until he resigned in April 2007. His neighbors tell FOX 26 News that they are disappointed that his alleged drunk driving resulted in the death of a woman who was just trying to help her stepdaughter who was stranded on the side of the highway.
Cook was driving a Mercury Grand Marquis on Southwest Freeway shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday when it crashed into the back of a Nissan van that was parked on the shoulder of the highway. The Nissan belonged to the 62-year-old woman. She was taken to an hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The 62-year-old woman's stepdaughter was critically injured and her 15-year-old granddaughter was treated for minor injuries.
“They know they can’t be driving drunk and then they’re police officers too, he’s gotta know better, right?," asked one of Cook's neighbors.
Cook is facing an intoxicated manslaughter charge in addition to two counts of intoxicated assault.
“It doesn’t matter to me that he was a policeman, what he did was wrong," said another neighbor.
Cook appeared in probable cause court on Monday morning and is being held on $50,000 bail.