Two young Texas boys bravely maneuvered their father’s car and themselves to safety after a lethal gunshot struck their father in the head while he was behind the wheel on the freeway.
The youngsters, around ages 6 and 8, thought a rock hit the car at which point they took action and managed to steer the Toyota Sequoia to a nearby Chili’s while their father’s body was slumped over in the driver’s seat.
The incident occurred late Friday night around 10:40 p.m where they believe the 29-year-old father was driving eastbound on the East Freeway, according to the Houston Police.
Once the boys, neither of whom sustained any injuries, stopped the car in a strip center, they ran for help. A woman exiting the Chili’s saw the brothers and called 911 on the boys’ behalf.
Fortunately, there was a San Jacinto Police officer nearby who was able to assist at the scene until the Houston Police arrived.
As of Saturday morning, authorities did not have any further details on the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle.
Footage with raw comments from the Houston police describing the incident was released.
(Video Credit: KHOU-11)
Although it is possible that it was a road rage incident, there are no further details at this time.
“We don’t know if it was road rage or if it was someone actually trying to get these individuals,” Lt. R. Willkens told KTRK-TV. “So, prayers for their family. The kids are safe right now.”
The police and many others applauded the boys for their quick reactions that led them to safety.
Honestly they don’t know if this was road rage or something else but god bless those smart kids.
— Maija Varda (@MaijaVarda) August 21, 2021
While the boys obviously exercised extreme wit under pressure, many are reminded of prior road rage incidents, some of which were elevated to “terrorism” by some as was the case with a Manhattan incident where the driver of a rented Home Depot truck rammed into multiple pedestrians in 2017, reportedly killing as many as six people.
“I feel like I keep seeing road rage shooting headlines this summer from around the US and it really needs to stop,” wrote Doug S. on Twitter.
In July there was a road rage incident in broad daylight on the I-35 in Forth Worth Texas but in that case, the armed motorcyclist who allegedly drew his weapon on a driver of an SUV was met with a surprise when the driver drew his own weapon and demanded that the hooligan drop his weapon. Apparently, after he refused to relinquish his gun, the driver opened fire several times on the motorcyclist.
The driver was the first to dial 911 and was cooperating with authorities. The police indicated that because it was a clear case of self-defense, no charges would be filed.
One person responded to the Forth Worth incident, “Yea, you may want to keep your ‘road rage’ in check. Many Folks aren’t going to [be] victims anymore.”
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