Suspected drunk driver charged in crash that killed Harris County sergeant makes bond
HOUSTON – A woman accused of a drunk driving accident that killed a Harris County Sheriff’s Office sergeant made bail, according to the documents. Lavillea Spry, 40, is charged in connection with the death of 45-year-old Sgt. Ramon Gutierrez. Spry’s bail was set at $150,000 for involuntary manslaughter while intoxicated, $75,000 for failing to stop and provide assistance resulting in death, and $50,000 for evading arrest, according to court documents.
Gutiérrez died after being hit by a car while leading a motorcycle escort after-hours early Monday morning. The incident happened around 12:30am at 8900 E. Sam Houston Parkway N near Tidwell when Sgt. Ramon Gutiérrez and others escorted a large load along a service road.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Sgt. Gutiérrez was off his bike, blocking the ramp when a driver drove around his bike and hit the sergeant. Gutiérrez was flown to the Herman Memorial by Life Flight, but sadly died from his injuries. Investigators say the driver fled but was caught and arrested by another police officer.
Gutiérrez was head of the Motor Vehicle Crime Unit where he has worked for the past 13 years. Previously, he served as a detention officer, deputy patrol officer, and accident investigator.
Sgt. Ramon Gutierrez leaves behind his wife, who was his high school sweetheart, and three children.