Two children were killed in separate incidents over the past few weeks in Tomball, leaving police officers and emergency workers with a trail of emotions.
On Nov. 22, an 11-year-old boy from Tomball was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross Cherry Street that afternoon.
According to Tomball Police, the boy was walking to his mother's place of employment and might have been using headphones when he walked in front of a vehicle driven by a 33-year-old woman. He was just 200 yards away from his destination.
The force of the impact knocked the boy about 40 feet away. The accident occurred near the intersection of Tice and Cherry.
"It was overcast and misting that day and I think the little boy just didn't see her," said Tomball Police Chief Robert Hauck.
Cpt. Rickey Doerre said that police have no reason to suspect the driver of the vehicle was impaired or negligent in any way.
"We have no reason to believe that her speed was excessive from the initial investigation and there were no signs of impairment," Doerre said. "It's an unfortunate and tragic accident."
Doerre did say that the woman consented to a blood draw just to be sure and they will be working with Houston Police to recover information from her vehicle's black box.
The story has another tragic twist, as the mother was only recently able to bring her children here from Nepal, intent on giving them a better life.
"They have gone from being so happy about being together again and then this tragic accident claims the life of her son," Doerre said. "It's very sad."
In another tragedy, an 18-month-old toddler was killed when a tree branch fell on her stroller, striking the girl and her mother Dec. 3.
The mother was pushing the stroller on the grounds of Lone Star Behavioral Health on Crescent Drive, when the 20-foot branch snapped and fell.
"She was pushing the stroller and the branch fell and landed on both of them," said Tomball Police Cpt. Rick Grassi.
The mother, Lyndi Lolmaugh, was volunteering at the center, helping decorate the area for Christmas. The baby, Tesa, was transported by Life Flight to an area hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Lolmaugh was also transported to an area hospital with severe injuries, but is expected to survive.
The baby's grandparents have asked the Tomball Police to investigate the situation; however, officials say there was no criminal wrongdoing and that any kind of negligence case would be a civil matter.
"There is no evidence of criminal culpability," Hauck said. "It's a terrible incident and a tragic situation."
"It's a horrible and tragic accident," Grassi added. "Everyone there was shaken up."
Hauck said that these kinds of incidents take a toll on officers too.
"Under these uniforms are moms, dads, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters who, while performing these duties are thinking how this could easily be their child," he said.