Texas man charged in deadly chase & crash

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The man who Texas authorities say chased a 14-year-old driver, leading to a fatal New Year’s Day crash, had his first court appearance early Tuesday morning.

Christopher Lopez, 48, turned himself in after he was indicted Monday on the charges of manslaughter, failure to stop and render aid and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the Houston crash.

During Lopez’s first court hearing prosecutors laid out the case against him, saying Lopez chased an SUV with several teenagers inside after they threw eggs at his car on New Year’s Day.

Investigators said the SUV ran a red light at 60 mph and crashed into Silvia Zavala’s, 45, pickup. Zavala died in the crash.

According to prosecutors, the chase reached speeds of up to 100 mph, and Lopez even pulled out a gun and fired multiple times at the teens.

“Another witness observed the defendant point a firearm out the window and fire at the juveniles that he was chasing,” said the prosecutor.

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