Mother and three children killed in car crash after drunk driver was released by police

Harris County, Texas - A drunk driver who was released by police after showing "outward signs of impairment" went on to cause a fatal accident that cost four people their lives.

Daniel Canada (35) is facing up to life in prison if convicted.
Daniel Canada (35) is facing up to life in prison if convicted.  © Harris County Constable, Precinct 4

Texan Damien House, who lived Harris County with his family, is still in shock.

On March 14, intoxicated Daniel Canada (35) crashed into the car being driven by Porsha Branch, while she and her three kids were stopped at a light.

According to ABC13, the vehicle sitting went up in flames shortly after the collision. Branch (†28), along with five-year-old King and seven-month-old Drake didn't stand a chance and died at the scene.

The third passenger, Messiah (2), was rushed to the Memorial Hermann Medical Center in Houston with serious burns, but he also died a short time later.

Daniel Canada, the driver who caused the accident that involved seven cars in total, got away with only a few "bumps and bruises."

Canada charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter

According to ABC13, Canada was stopped for speeding by police about 30 minutes before the disaster, but was released from custody because he showed no "outward signs of impairment".

Around 8.50 PM, the 35-year-old then crashed into the family car. Multiple people involved in the incident suffered minor injuries as well.

"I just want to say I miss my family," Damien House said as Click2Houston reported. "I had one of the most beautiful, joyful families. My wife loved being a great mother. She was one of the best mothers I've seen."

Canada is now being charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter and could face life in prison if convicted.

Cover photo: Harris County Constable, Precinct 4

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