HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — Three valet employees’ identities lost control before slamming the trio near the sports bar where they worked after police said they were killed when a driver led cops in a chase.
It occurred around 10:30 p.m. Friday night near the Prospect Park Sports Bar and Kitchen on the 3100 block of Fountain View Drive.
According to Houston police, the driver of the vehicle involved was seen making donuts in the parking lot by cops trying to stop them.
The driver then took off and later lost control, entered a ditch and crashed into three people identified by authorities as butlers working outside the sports bar.
Three teenagers were identified as 18 years old. Fnan Measho, 22 years old Eric Ordunaand Nick Rodriguez.
“My son and other poor families are grieving because of them just like we are,” said Eric’s mother, Rose. “That police chase shouldn’t have happened. It shouldn’t have been like that. Now we have to bury my son and the other two teenagers. One was my son’s friend. They’re very nice guys, they’re beautiful. It just breaks my heart.”
Eric was the youngest of Rose’s three children and has been described as a kind-hearted, hard-working person with a passion for cars.
“He always thought of others,” Rose said. “His sister, brother, father. But I think he’s always been more focused on me because of my health, and I can’t believe he’s dead right now.”
Measho’s family said the former Bellaire High star is working to support her family. Meaho was also studying Criminology at the University of Houston, with the desire to become a police officer to protect the community he grew up in.
Both Measho and Orduna’s families set up fundraisers to help provide victims with a suitable burial and resting place.
“Our family, we suffered [a] Loss and tragedy at the hands of others,” said Elizabeth, Eric’s sister. “My message is simply to love your family and be there for each other. Life is really short and I will mourn my younger brother for the rest of my life.”
On Sunday evening, Prospect Park only confirmed Rodriguez’s identity. No other information about Rodriguez was available.
In addition to the confirmation, a representative from Prospect Park announced that the organization will host the release of a balloon in honor of the victims on Monday, October 4 at 7 PM.
Police did not release the identity of the careless driver and passenger in that vehicle, who was injured but survived the crash.
“Someone decided they didn’t want to buy a ticket or go to jail,” said Sean Teare, head of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office of Vehicle Crimes. “We’re talking about three people who just worked here. They were doing their jobs, coming back from parked cars to get more cars. It’s such a horrible chase or something like that we’ve seen in a very long time.”
Prospect Park released the following statement on Saturday afternoon:
“On Friday, October 1, 2021, at approximately 10:30 PM, an accident occurred near the Prospect Park South (3100 Fountain View Dr, Houston, TX 77057) facilities. 3 members of our contract valet team were fatally injured. A vehicle on Fairdale Street The incident is currently being investigated by the Houston Police Department. We are in contact with the families of the victims and ask that you keep the families of the 3 victims in your thoughts and prayers. In the coming days, we will have additional information listed on @Prospectparkhouston on how you can help us celebrate the lives of the disappeared.”
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