A Garden Oaks family is mourning the death of a beloved grandfather who was killed by an alleged drunk driver last weekend.
According to authorities, Guadalupe Sauceda, 75, died early Sunday morning after his Toyota Tundra was struck by a Ford F-150 driven by Bayron Cruz. The Houston Police Department said Cruz, 31, was charged with intoxication manslaughter for his role in the collision.
“He took something precious from us and our family is hurting because of his stupidity and not being responsible,” Sauceda’s daughter, Magda Sauceda Guajardo, wrote in a Facebook comment on a post by The Leader. “He took my children’s and my brother’s kids’ grandfather. He adored them. I only got to say goodbye to a cold body. I will never get to hear my dad’s voice or telling him how much I love him.”
Police say Cruz’s pickup was travelling west on 34th Street a little after midnight Sunday when it struck the Tundra driven by Sauceda, who was heading south on Golf Drive and crossing 34th after leaving a stop sign at the intersection. Sauceda was transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead, according to HPD.
Cruz, who police say sustained injuries in the crash, was transported to another hospital and “determined to be impaired,” according to HPD.