Man charged in Crosby crash that killed woman, toddler son
- posted: Jan 31, 2014
A man accused in a fiery crash in Crosby that killed a young mother and her son showed no signs of impairment at the scene and passed a field sobriety test, but a blood test would later show narcotics in his system, court documents show.
Last week, Harris County prosecutors charged Emil McMahon, 31, with intoxication manslaughter in the September crash that killed Tania Vercher and her son, 2-year-old Alejandro.
Witnesses told Harris County Sheriff's deputies they saw McMahon in a Chevrolet Silverado suddenly cross into oncoming traffic and strike Vercher's Nissan Sentra head-on.
McMahon's pickup then burst into flames.
A witness ran up and told McMahon to get away because the truck might explode.
"McMahon stated, 'What do you want me to do about it?' " according to the criminal complaint.
Vercher was slumped over the steering wheel. She died at he scene.
Her son in the back seat was unconscious. He was hospitalized but later died of blunt force trauma from the crash, officials said.
McMahon was driving more than 10 miles an hour over the 60 mph speed limit just before the crash in the 4700 block of FM 1942.
Witnesses said a woman, later identified as McMahon's wife, ran up to him, shouting, "You just hurt these people! You just hurt these people."
Deputies said McMahon was chasing his wife when he lost control and careened into the Nissan.
She said McMahon followed her from their home after they had argued but later said he had been sleeping when she left.
"She believed he was angry that she didn't invite him to church and that is why he came after her," according to the complaint.
McMahon was taken to LBJ Hospital with minor injuries. He showed no signs of impairment and passed a sobriety test, according to the complaint.
He agreed to a blood test and admitted he smoked marijuana every day, according to the complaint. McMahon said he hadn't been drinking or taking any drugs before he got into the truck.
The tests were completed in late November. The forensic examiners found several types of narcotics in McMahon's system, including morphine, Valium and muscle relaxants.
McMahon is being held in the Harris County Jail in lieu of a combined bail of $200,000.