The driver of an SUV investigators allege struck a jeep, killing a 14-year-old Ball High School student Friday evening, had been released from prison just hours earlier after serving time for a third drunk-driving conviction, police said.

Keith Brazier, 28, of Galveston has been charged with murder following in the crash, police said. Alcohol has been determined to be a contributing factor in the crash, along with speeding, Sgt. Derek Gaspard of the Galveston Police Department said.

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Raymond Lewis

Absolutely incredible how Brazier chose to use his new freedom. Sadly just in time to take a young person's life. Can only imagine the family's shock and grief.

Laura Addison

Truly unbelievable this person was driving drunk and reckless hours after being released from prison after 3 DWIs. Lives are forever changed from this tragedy and this latest development makes a horrible situation even worse. Many students and parents were leaving the Ball High gym after a volleyball game and came across the accident before EMS arrived. My brother-in-law was one of the first on the scene. The parent of the boy who died is a friend and Ball High alumnus. I'm gutted. The system let many of us down yesterday.

Yvonne Nava

Hopefully the key that locks his cell will get melted down this time!

George Croix

The Chinese have us beat on how they handle things like this…

Larry Grissom

Agreed

Gary Miller

Yes! A small caliber bullet at base of scull? Between midnight and sunrise. Chinese don't think they should provide "room and board" for un correctable subjects. Good Democracy saves lives of good subjects?

Don Schlessinger

Let's hope h.e never leaves prison again.

Kathleen Amato

If I was one of the parents, I'd want to know first of all why was he out of prison. then whoever, allowed or approved his release should be held culpable in some way. Far too many kids and people are being hurt or worse yet killed by these early releases.

Linda Huoni

My brother was killed by a drink driver in 1985 and the Galveston County DA let the man off with a 10 year probated sentence and $3000.00 funeral restitution. It wasn't right.

Larry Grissom

I am so sorry.

Terry Moore

Who allowed him to use their vehicle with a revoked license? They are just as responsible as if handing a gun to a convicted felon. They need to be part of it. Of course he is ultimately responsible for his actions. They guy is 28 years old with a long list of offenses.

Jim Casey

[thumbup]

Russell Rac

It is technically called negligent intrustment of a vehicle. And yes, whoever handed the keys to him is liable when the civil suit comes into play...

Andrew Wright-Broughton

41st and O someone ran a light. How come that is not mentioned in the story?

Raul Reyes

Good question. Who ran the light?

Jim Casey

An earlier story stated which vehicle was which:

"Witnesses told police the crash occurred about 6 p.m. Friday when a white Toyota SUV going west at high speed on Avenue O struck a Jeep traveling north on 41st Street, Sgt. Derek Gaspard of the Galveston Police Department said.

Nelson and other students were in the Jeep, Gibson said."

What's your point?

Andrew Wright-Broughton

Still , which vehicle ran the light. To strike a car at 41st and o you would have to run a red light. That is my point.

George Croix

Andrew, I45 Now reported yesterday that Galveston Police confirmed that a speeding SUV, driven by a suspected drunk driver, ran the stop light, and hit the Jeep broadside.

The Police authority quoted by them was Det. Sgt. Derek Gaspard.

Andrew Wright-Broughton

Thank you George.

Jim Casey

How is anyone supposed to know who ran the light?

The drunk driver was probably oblivious. The people in the Jeep are in the hospital or dead. It's unlikely that a witness happened to be looking at the intersection at the moment when the crash occurred.

Anyway, when a drunk driver causes a fatal crash, it's the drunk's fault. It doesn't matter if the other driver did something wrong.

Jim Casey

Never mind. Sorry. I went and looked at the I45Now story.

Armin Cantini

Such a terrible tragedy. Heartbreaking for everyone and our community has been devastated by this news. Time to hold people accountable for drunk driving. Never allow anyone to drive impaired. Stay tough Galveston—we live here!

Larry Grissom

When you get a get out of jail free card, there are no repercussions for your actions, then nothing will change until we ensure we are electing politicians that are tough on crime.

Gary Miller

Larry > If you want crime and poverty vote for Democrats.

william kent

The parole board needs to answer why he was released so early following a third conviction. Sounds like we are following NYC's pattern of easy and early releases of felons

Larry Grissom

And California where you can steal up to 900.00 and not be charged with a crime. Crazy.

Jim Forsythe

Prop 47, which became a law in 2014, reclassifies certain theft and drug possession offenses from felonies to misdemeanors. Shoplifting offenses of property valued under $950 are punishable by up to six months in county jail.

George Croix

Jim, it's the 'up to' part that concerns a few of us, as NONE is the beginning of 'up to' and also the point at which CA's far left prosecutors stop when it comes to prosecutions for criminal activity. They suck....as does this PC garbage entitlement and codependency BS...

It certainly seems to be confined to deep blue areas, this insanity that says it's OK to steal and be assisted by non-action to get away with it .

At least as discouraging to me is that we are shown video repeatedly of people standing by and watching such criminality happen, even so called 'security guards' filming it all, while doing squat. Even worse than THAT are the BS excuses that we hear from the usual suspects excusing the criminals as some victim of something or other...

There's a reason those videos aren't being shot in Texas.....

At least, unless we elect a clown who promises even wider open Texas borders and more attacks on honest citizens rights...

Could happen....

Gary Miller

California criminal control? Steal $900, sell it and give a Democrat half. California Democrats profit on Crime.

Jim Forsythe

Gary, all states have a problem with theft.

Two former Texas sheriff's deputies on Wednesday admitted to stealing $2,500 worth of appliances from a Home Depot that was damaged by a tornado in 2019. Joseph Bobadilla and Rebecca Evans both pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by a public servant, The Dallas Morning News reported. Bobadilla and Evans worked together in October of 2019 to steal products from a Home Depot in Dallas that Bobadilla worked at and was tasked with securing after was damaged by a tornado. At the time, both were deputies with the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. According to court documents obtained by the Morning News, Bobadilla then went to another Home Depot wearing his deputy uniform and returned the items for almost $2,000 in store credit. He used the store credit to buy a washer, dryer and microwave.

Larry Grissom

OUT? Are you kidding me? He killed a child by reckless, irresponsible behavior and he’s out? WHO was the judge that gave him only 500 thousand in bail? WHO would give him bail to possibly kill again? Our streets are not safe.

Someone posted we have to change the law. They are right we have to change who we vote for in EVERY election because this is what happens when bleeding heart judges are put on the bench, by bleeding heart politicians who put the criminals future over ours.

Gary Miller

Some one needs to tell Slow Joe needs to be told Democrat translates in most languages as Socialist or Communist. If MAGA voters could get rid of Slow JOE's Democracy it could be a great service to America.

Jim Forsythe

As far a bail is concerned, if Robert Durst receive bail, why would anyone be not receive bail? If you want Texas laws changed, contact the Governor and tell him what you want.

Galveston has had several Drunk driving accidents in the last few weeks. Is it a problem with not strong enough laws or is it a problem with people that have a drinking problem?

If a person that is released from prison and hours later is drunk and driving, larger penalties will not stop him from repeating the same action the next time, he is free. I know this from personal experience, that an alcoholic cannot be stopped from drinking and driving, because of laws. He is need of help with his drinking problem.

Conviction of a fourth DWI offense would ordinarily, under the enhanced-penalty statute Texas Penal Code 49.09 and the third degree-felony statute Texas Penal Code 12.34, penalties: two-to-ten years imprisonment plus a fine of up to $10,000. A fourth DWI offense qualifying the defendant as a repeat offender could, if prosecutors pursue it, result in a second-degree felony, one for which Texas Penal Code 12.33 increases the penalty to up to twenty years imprisonment, doubling from ten to twenty years the maximum prison term. Also, when a death from their actions happens, sentences can be increased.

Some of Texas's laws.

If you are involved in a DWI for the first time, you could face up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, or both. Your driver’s license also gets suspended for 90 days.

For second-time offenders, if you get involved in a DWI within five years of your first DWI, you could face up to one year in jail, fines amounting to $4,000, or both. Your driver’s license also gets suspended for one year.

A third DWI within five years of the first offense could lead to 10 years in prison, fines of up to $10,000, or both. Your driver’s license will also get suspended for one year.

It’s important to know that there are certain situations where DWIs could lead to much bigger fines and much longer sentences in prison.

George Croix

This POS wasn't charged with a 'drunk driving incident', it's a felony murder charge...

Perspective....

Durst was just 'self-defense'.....

whistling.......

Eve Monteith

I don't know who the judge was who set the $500,000 bail. However, I do know that the State of Texas Parole Board members are appointed by the governor. Since we haven't had a Democrat as governor since Ann Richards 1991-1995, it leads me to believe that the Republican Parole Board made a grave mistake in granting this man's parole.

George Croix

Just another case where the law and justice manage to avoid crossing paths....

It's not like these three time loser worthless excuses for human beings are held down and forced to consume the booze....

Under actual justice, there'd be zero chance of a fourth 'incident'.....

Jim Forsythe

As I stated above, California has pentiles for shoplifting. What is the chance of someone that shoplifts in Texas receiving a fine or jail time? Only about half of caught shoplifters are turned over to the police for prosecution. Shoplifters are only caught about once out of every 48 times they steal – just over 2% of the time. In Texas, if this is your first conviction for retail theft, you may be sentenced to restitution and community service rather than jail time. So, the chances are slim in Texas that you would receive a fine or jail time for shoplifting. Just as it is in the rest of the states.

George, I have been on jury that when it came to the sentencing, the penalties was up to 99 years. We sentence him to 7 years, and if there was not a up to provision in the law, we would have either have sentence him to 99 years or let him go. Some on the jury wanted to give him probation for holding up a person with a gun, I wanted him to receive 20 years. Most penalties are written to allow a jury, discretion in sentencing.

Texas and California have about the same pentiles for shoplifting.

Texas----If you steal an item that’s worth less than $50, the offense is classified as a Class C misdemeanor. The offender will face a fine of up to $500 on conviction. In California, it could be up to six months in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000

Texas---If you take an items or items in the $50 to $499 value range, the shoplifting crime is as a Class B misdemeanor punishable with up to 180 days in jail and up to $2,000 in fines. In California, it could be up to six months in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000

Robert Durst is an example that no state gets it right all the time.

Back to the discussion about drunk driving and the need for people that are alcoholics, and drink and drive, need help.

George Croix

Jim, I'd argue that certainly after the third time, for goodness sake, DWIs no longer need help...they need removal....

From society.

Where they can no longer endanger other people whom they have shown a repetitive disregard for...

As in committing felony murder with a vehicle....

At this point, assisting this character to drink again or worse to drive illegally again should get THAT person(s) an accessory charge....imho....

The time for hand wringing is before people die.....

Jim Forsythe

George, when they get out of jail/prison what stops them from drunk driving?

George Croix

I said REMOVED.

I don't mean temporarily.....

Carlos Ponce

"An ignition interlock device, also known as a car breathalyzer or breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID), is a mechanism that prevents a vehicle from starting if alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath. The device is comprised of a handheld unit, a removable mouthpiece and a relay cord that hooks into the vehicle’s ignition system. "

Problem Is when they use someone else's car without the attachment or pay someone to blow into their car breathalyzer.

Jim Forsythe

George, are you saying execute a person after the 3 time being convicted of a DWI or are you saying prison with no patrol for them. if a person is arrested one time for DWI what is the chance it is first time driving drunk? We must, as a state do a better job of reducing the number of people that drive under the influence.

Texas has a large problem with drunk driving.

In 2009, 32 percent of total road accidents were the result of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.

We could place drunk drivers in prison forever, but we would need to build more cells.

We could execute these people but that would take forever, as we have a least 70,000 Texans that have more than 3 convictions of intoxicated driving.

Or we could provide better substance abuse help when a person is arrested, for driving under the influence the 1st time.

Imprisoning a person forever or exciting them is not going to happen, so if we do not try something else such as more treatment for people with a drinking problem, or we will continue to kill many people each year.

In Texas we do a horrible job of helping people with substance abuse problems.

What we have more than anything else is an attitude problem with many people that do not consider driving while drunk a big problem.

The following was after a person was killed by a drunk driver in Hitchcock.

One morning in our breakroom we had a discussion about this subject. Out of the over 30 people there, only 2, myself and my work mate thought it was wrong to driving drunk. Many told stories of how they had done so with other in the truck and one talked about having teens in the bed of his truck while he drove drunk.

Texas has a DWI involved death rate of 5 per 100,000 people. In addition, more than 93,000 drivers are arrested in Texas for drinking under the influence of alcohol each year. These numbers turn Texas into the leader state in drunk driving deaths.

George Croix

Yes...

Either/or....

IMHO...

Now, go ask the survivors of people killed by drunks driving...

They well have a choice of just one...

It's not so much what we've done bad in our past and got away with it as it is whether we had sense enough to not do it again.....

George Croix

They MAY well....

Not close enough....

Jim Forsythe

George, what one wants, does not always happen. We cannot change the past, but we can try and take steps to reduce the number of drunk drivers.

To change the state law to execution or give life without patrol for driving drunk, would be almost impossible in Texas.

The one thing that can be done is provide mandatory help for drunk drivers. Texas is producing more people with drinking problems each day

If it was my choice, we would not sell alcohol in Texas. But that's not going to happen, so we must try and minimize the number of people that drink too much.

If you have not tried to get someone help, that is an alcoholic, you may not realize how hard it is to get people help.

The education people need should start in the schools. Many people that have problems, started having problems in school. Also, the sad fact is that it is estimated that as many as 1–5 percent of first-grade children have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

25.8 percent of people ages 18 and older reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month, and 6.3 percent reported that they engaged in heavy alcohol use in the past month. Out of these people, how many drove under the influence?

If we do not reduce this trend, we will continue to have people that drink and drive, regardless of the penalties.

George Croix

Having been raised by one I have no sympathy for alcoholics or anyone who has messed themselves up and by extension so many they have touched….or, in this case, killed…you can only help people willing to help themselves…

At some point one has to stop being a da_n fool about it and get some concern for the victims of these polluted-by-choice characters..

A ‘disease’….?

Yeah…self-inflicted…

If ‘the system’ had put the three time loser drunk driver in Galveston away permanently a 14 year old innocent victim would be alive….

In just world the drunk would be the dead one…..

In the real world there is good chance he’ll end up getting another chance to wreak havoc…or worse…

That chance starts with being set free on bail despite past history and severity of crime…here’s hoping

Not a single one of your stats is even the slightest reason to forgo putting multiple offense losers away for good…imho, as always….

George Croix

….here’s hoping he doesn’t do it again while waiting to be tried for one death already…

Jim Forsythe

Just as Texas is not going to prohibit selling of alcohol in Texas, they are not going to put someone in prison for life or put them to death. No matter how many times they do it.

Since you understand about an alcoholic, you also understand that nothing is going to stop them, if they want to drink.

The stats I posted, are not going to change in the future, unless we change in how we as a society handles people with these types of problems.

One revealing stat, the average drunk driver operates a motor vehicle 80 times while drunk before being arrested or involved in an accident. Unless we change this, we will see many more people die, because a drunk drove.

George Croix

You asked what I would do….

We both know Texas wont do either thing, or any other state…. It’s politically a bear trap….which says plenty about our politics of criminal vs victim….

Nothing?

Bars or a box would….ergo my thought on the subject of multiple dwi….

Jim, last food for thought, because I’m not interested in running in a forums marathon, you say unless we change this…

Well, my way recognizes you CANT change anyone who doesn’t want to, so put them away where they can’t harm others…if you think of another actual prevention method, put it out there…this status quo stuff is a waste of time…

Jim Forsythe

Brazier is charged with murder in connection with Friday’s crash. His bond was set at $500,000. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.

Read more at

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/how-does-texas-3-strikes-rule-work/ar-AA11vqL2?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=784f9c7ed534496f867fb9d47f66d52c

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