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Five bar employees charged for roles in serving underage drinker before deadly crash

December 19, 2018 

HOUSTON- Five employees of a South Houston bar were charged Wednesday for their alleged roles in serving an underage drinker, minutes before he drove head-on into a family, killing a 23-year-old mother, prosecutors announced.

South Houston Police arrested four servers and the general manager of the Servi-Car El 3 bar on Houston Boulevard.

“This family should be celebrating the holiday, but is instead planning a funeral,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “This tragedy should never have happened.”

Investigators seized surveillance video that captures servers giving Erick Hernandez, 19, more than a dozen drinks during the six hours he spent at the bar. Video also shows Hernandez drinking tequila shots with bar employees.

A visibly intoxicated Hernandez left the bar at 10:49 p.m. Sunday. At 10:51 p.m., the pick-up he was driving swerved across three lanes of College Avenue and crashed into a car driven by Taylor Phillips, 23.

Taylor died at the scene. Her mother and her one-year-old son were injured, but treated at a hospital and released.

“Right now there are Christmas presents under a tree for a mother who will never open them, a child who will never know his mother because of the irresponsible actions of all six individuals charged in this tragedy,” said Vehicular Crimes Division Chief Sean Teare, of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

The charges come days into an investigation led by the District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the South Houston, Pasadena and Houston police departments.

The charges come as part of ongoing efforts by a District Attorney’s Office task force targeting overserving, as well under-age and after-hours drinking.

Prosecutors stressed the effort is not focused on establishments and servers who follow the law and state-mandated training.

The public is encourage to report tips to the following email address: bartips@dao.hctx.net

All defendants are scheduled for court appearances in coming days.

Below are the five individuals arrested Wednesday.

Mildred “Milly” Garcia
November 1997
Making Alcohol Available to a Minor
Sale to Intoxicated Person

Anna Evelyn Lule
June 1999
Making Alcohol Available to a Minor
Sale to Intoxicated Person

Jazely Marie Barrera
October 1997
Sale of alcohol to a minor

Jaquin Guadalupe Gonzalez
July 1999
Making Alcohol Available to a Minor

Gustavo Tejada-Garcia (Manager)
November 1990

Possession of an Unauthorized Beverage (Tequila, a distilled spirit, which could not be served at an establishment with only a beer and wine license/ not to possess distilled spirits.)