By LeaAnne Klentzman
The early morning police chase of a motorcycle ended in a double fatality accident when the driver of the motorcycle lost control and crashed, killing himself and his passenger.
Early last Thursday morning, shortly after 2 a.m., Sheriff’s Patrol Sergeant David Clary attempted to stop a motorcycle for speeding and an obscured license plate; both traffic violations. According to authorities, when the biker pulled to the side of the road near US 59 and TX 99, he stopped, then before the sergeant could get out of his car, the driver took off, traveling at a high rate of speed with a female passenger behind him on the bike. The sergeant gave chase.
The pursuit traveled at speeds up to 100 mph northbound on US 59, said Fort Bend sheriff’s spokesperson Bob Haenel. The bike exited US 59 onto the Sam Houston Tollway headed west. The biker and his passenger flew westbound on the flyover and continued toward west Houston at breakneck speed. The driver of the bike, Esteven Cardona, 31 of Needville, lost control and rear ended a car on the Tollway near Deerwood, which is in the area of Memorial Drive and the Town and Country Shopping Centre. Cardona died at the scene. His passenger, San Juanita “Janie” Hidalgo, 45, of Rosenberg was taken to a Houston hospital where she succumbed to her injuries less than an hour later. The Tollway was closed for several hours. The scene was investigated by the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office. Spokesman on the scene was Chief Randy Johnson.
Spokesman Bob Haenel said, “Cardona had an active warrant for a DWI case in Fort Bend County.” A search of county records indicates that Cardona was arrested for DWI, 2nd offense in September of 2010. According to that paperwork, he has been out on bond since the day after his arrest. A warrant for the revocation of his bond was issued on May 27, 2011. The case was pending in County Court at Law 2.
Janie Hidalgo has no entries in the county’s databank except for the purchase of a home several years ago in Fort Bend County. She leaves behind a 19 year old son, and two daughters, 22, and 24. According to those close to Janie Hidalgo, she was only an acquaintance of Cardona. She had just agreed to take a ride with him shortly before the incident unfolded.
Funeral services for Janie Hidalgo are scheduled for Tuesday, services for Esteven Cardona are scheduled for Thursday.