The Harris County Sheriff is investigating a family tragedy at the hands of a suspected drunk driver. Deputies said an eight-year-old girl is dead, her mother and three sisters are in the hospital.
Twisted metal and tragedy isn't the way the night should have ended for a family traveling home from all-night church service around 4:30 Sunday morning. But thanks to suspected drunk driver Anthony LeBlanc, life will never be the same for this family after senselessly losing one member.
Harris county sheriff's deputies believe LeBlanc crossed the center line while drunk driving.
"We did find him to be intoxicated," said Sgt. S. Wolverton of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said LeBlanc was driving his Ford pickup west down the wrong side of the street in the 800 block of Aldine Mail Rd. The mother, going the other direction, swerved into oncoming traffic trying to avoid the crash. She didn't make it out of the way in time and the front passenger side of her gray Ford Taurus slammed nearly head on into the truck.
"This is one lane each direction, pretty deep ditches," said Wolverton of the road. "The best way to avoid a collision would have been to swerve into the oncoming traffic like the driver of the Ford Taurus did. Unfortunately she was unable to avoid the crash."
An eight-year-old girl in the back seat died.
LeBlanc was taken to Ben Taub Hospital where deputies found out he had been drinking. He's being arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter.
As for the family, the mother and her three surviving daughters were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital where they are in good condition. Surely, however, they're still devastated by the loss of their young family member.