Police: 12-year-old autistic boy killed by alleged drunk driver
A suspected drunk driver killed an autistic boy who wandered onto a busy street in southwest Houston Saturday night, hours after he and his father got separated during an evening bike ride.
Alvester Bowens, 12, was hit by a black Ford F150 around 8 p.m. on a high-speed overpass on South Post Oak. Gilberto Aguirre, 40, was charged with driving while intoxicated, although police said the accident may have been unavoidable.
"There was no sidewalk," said HPD officer A. Michon, who worked the accident. "He was in the middle of a freeway."
The Harris County District Attorney will consider whether to add a manslaughter charge.
Bowens and his father took a bike ride from their nearby home around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. After the two inexplicably got separated, the family reported the boy missing.
About two hours later, police found a boy matching his description - wearing blue jeans and a red shirt - dead at the scene. Almost 24 hours later, the grief-stricken family identified the body at the county medical examiner's office.
"You have no idea how much the family has gone through today," said Tina Bowens, the grandmother of Bowens. "I can't say one more word."
Family described the boy as smart and affectionate, but non-verbal. He could understand people well and mainly communicated his ideas by gestures or drawing, relatives said.
Bowens liked watching movies and drawing. He spent most of his time coloring.
"That's his thing," Bowen's mother said.
Bowens was a special-education student at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in the Fort Bend school district.
"I am devastated," Arnetta Murray, one of Bowens' teachers, said in a shaky voice. "He is a fun-loving kid."
He loved scribbling words he learned, either with pencils or even just his fingers.
"Really I just can't believe it," said Princess Jeanmard, another of Bowens' teachers. "I was holding his hands on Friday."