A 13-year-old boy was hit and killed by a suspected drunken driver in New Caney, KPRC Local 2 reported.
Friends and family gathered at the family Worship Center Saturday night to remember Kendrick Owens.
Kendrick's friend, Jerod Sheridan, attended the vigil with his dad. He was with Kendrick when it happened.
"All we could do was try and move out the way and he never got to move fast enough," Jerod said.
Jerod said they were walking to nearby Keefer Middle School to skateboard when a pickup truck was headed right at them.
"All I saw he hit the truck and by the time I blinked he was already in the grass," Jerod said.
Just after 9 a.m. Saturday, troopers from the Department of Public Safety had put out a call to surrounding police agencies in Montgomery County that a driver of a pickup truck was driving erratically on Highway 59 North near New Caney.
Troopers said a wrecker driver heard the call and saw the suspect, 28-year-old Javier Corea, driving all over Kidd Cemetery Road near FM 1485.
That's where investigators said Kendrick and his friend were walking on the paved shoulder of road, and Owens was allegedly hit by the suspect.
Wrecker driver Aubrey Labuff chased Corea all the way home.
"I told him he struck a child, and he said I didn't hit nobody," Labuff said.
Kendrick was a seventh grader at Keefer Crossing Middle School and an active member at his church.
His pastor says he had an infectious personality who chose to always be happy.
"We need to keep everything into perspective and to just remember how wonderful a person Kendrick was," Pastor Eric Scott said.
"He was a good friend, and I'll always miss him," Jerod said.
Corea is charged with intoxicated manslaughter and for failing to stop and render assistance. His bond is set at $50,000 for each charge.