An immigrant teenager who was previously charged with murder and aggravated assault in a fatal car crash that killed three valet drivers in Houston has posted bail, and been allowed to return to school.
The teen, Ahmedaltayeb Elnouman Modawi, 17, who is from Sudan and not a U.S. citizen, is facing three counts of murder and one of aggravated assault with serious bodily injuring after the crash, which occurred on October 1st, Click 2 Houston reported.
However, Modawi made bail this weekend, though he is required to wear an ankle monitor and stay under house arrest until his next court hearing on December 15th at the 230th State District Court. He is allowed to attend school and church, however, according to court documents.
Modawi himself worked as a valet, and was allegedly doing doughnuts in a parking lot on the ill-fated evening of October 1st in a client’s Infiniti G37, at approximately 10:30 PM. A police officer attempted to issue a traffic stop to halt the activities, but the officer said Modawi sped off in the client’s car. Modawi then allegedly hit three other valets, Eric Orduna, 22, Nick Rodriguez, 23, and Fnan Maesho, 18, before finally flipping the car and crashing into a fence.
“It sounded like a clap of thunder. I looked over and a car just came flying through the air and hit the ditch,” said bystander Bob Lowry, who saw the crash from nearby restaurant The Deck.
Johntrel Lewis, the owner of the Infinity G37 involved in the accident, said that he was shocked to learn that the crash had involved his car. He even came out to take a picture of the totaled vehicle – before realizing it was his.
“I took a picture of it and I’m sending it to my friends like, ‘Bro. somebody’s car is jacked up, they’re going to be mad in the morning.’ …That was my car.”
Modawi and an unidentified passenger also sustained injuries in the crash, with Modawi sustaining a broken leg while his passenger suffered serious injuries to both legs. Police later stated that Modawi was not found to be intoxicated at the time of the crash.
According to interviewed neighbors, Modawi had always been a mischievous teen prone to trouble. Neighbors complained that they’d had difficulties with the boy throughout the year that he’d lived at his present residence, and one even said she had felt compelled to call the police in the week before the crash, though she did not specify why.
Bond was set at $350,000, but was later reduced by Judge Chris Morton to $220,000, which was the amount Modawi came up with this weekend. This was unsuccessfully opposed by Harris County District Attorney’s Office, who vowed to throw the kitchen sink at Modawi in a statement by Sean Teare, a lawyer with the office:
“We’re talking about three individuals who were just out here working. They were out here doing their job. They were coming back from parking cars going to get more cars. We’re going to prosecute this person to the fullest extent because this is completely unacceptable.”
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