Johnson County Chase Ends With Infant Death, Mother's Arrest

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ALVARADO, Texas -- A nine-month old girl was killed Friday night when she was ejected from the sport utility vehicle her mother was driving while trying to flee authorities.

Alexxus Riza was thrown from the SUV when it crashed into a concrete median and rolled several times under an Interstate 35 overpass, said Trooper Dub Gillum of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The driver had lost control of the vehicle and struck a traffic light before hitting the concrete barrier, DPS officials said.

Her mother, Aimee Andrea Riza, 36, of Keene, sustained minor injuries. Riza faces manslaughter, evading arrest, resisting arrest and reckless driving charges, Gillum said.

Authorities say it's unclear why Riza wouldn't stop when they tried to pull her over Friday evening. She had no warrants for her arrest, but authorities say she went on to lead them on a chase through two counties.

A motorist had called the Somervell County Sheriff's Department to report a reckless driver on U.S. 67 near Glen Rose. When Riza refused to stop, deputies chased her toward Cleburne, Gillum said.

Cleburne police officers, Johnson County sheriff's deputies and state troopers tailed the SUV, which traveled at speeds of up to 110 mph, Gillum said.

Authorities used spikes, tried to block intersections ahead and backed off the SUV hoping it would slow down. But Riza continued to drive until she crashed, even traveling on the rims after the SUV's tires were deflated, Gillum said.

"She was combative after the crash when they tried to extract her out of the vehicle," he said. "The officers had to wrestle her to get her under control."


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