HOUSTON, TX - 19 year old, Erick Hernandez appeared before the judge this morning after being accused of driving drunk and killing a young mother, 23-year-old Taylor Phillips on Sunday. Hernandez has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Hernandez posted a $30,000 dollar bond and is now out of jail. Today, a judge set some conditions of his bond, and made it very clear that if any of these conditions are broken or violated--Hernandez may have his bond revoked and taken into custody.
While Hernandez is on bond, he is not allowed to drink alcohol or do any drugs, and he will be tested every time he returns to court. Hernandez will also not be allowed to drive and will be required to wear an ankle monitor. He has 24 hours to get that ankle monitor on, and the judge made it clear that if he fiddles with it or tries to put any sort of material between that and his skin---that is considered a violation and he could risk getting his bond revoked. Hernandez will also have to abide by a curfew from 9pm to 5am.
Investigators from the DA’s office also revealed that surveillance footage obtained from the bar in south Houston where Hernandez had apparently been drinking for 6 hours before getting behind the wheel. The video revealed new details about the investigation. Previously police said Hernandez admitted to drinking 5 beers but turns out, surveillance shows he may have had 12 beverages in total including 3 shots of tequila.
If convicted of intoxication manslaughter, Hernandez could face anywhere between 2-20 years in prison and pay a $10,000 dollar fine.