HOUSTON - An innocent driver died in a crash with a suspect who was fleeing from police in west Houston, authorities say.
The crash occurred at the intersection of Wilcrest Drive and Meadowglen Lane early Monday morning.
According to police, the incident began around 12:15 a.m. when HPD patrol officers observed a white Cadillac STS illegally parked at a gas station in the area of 10400 Richmond Avenue.
Police said the officers activated their emergency equipment and got out of their vehicle to conduct an investigation.
That's when, authorities said, the driver of the Cadillac, later identified as 20-year-old Cameron Rogers, fled and evaded officers.
The officers then returned to their vehicle and initiated a vehicle pursuit.
Police said as the Cadillac traveled northbound on Wilcrest, Rogers ran a red light at the intersection of Meadowglen Lane and struck a white BMW 5821 traveling westbound on Meadowglen Lane.
The innocent driver, now identified by his family as 35-year-old Carl Wiley.
The victim’s friend, Aaron Broussard, drove out the scene to place a prayer cross and a candle to honor his friend’s memory. Broussard says Wiley was a father to a teenage daughter.
"He was one of the fastest runners I know, from Willowridge High School. Overall, he was a good person. Driving by an innocent person; just like these cars passing by and cause some idiots want to do some crazy stuff, a life was lost," Broussard said.
Broussard says Carl had just celebrated his birthday a week ago.
Two passengers in Rogers' vehicle, a 21-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman, were detained at the scene.
All three were taken to an area hospital in stable conditions.
Police stated Rogers was evaluated at the scene and showed no signs of impairment.
Rogers is charged with felony murder and felon in possession of a firearm.
A booking photo of Rogers hasn't been released as he remains hospitalized.