Police have admitted they pulled over a speeding driver 30 minutes before he allegedly caused a seven-car pile-up that killed a mom and her three young children in Texas.
Daniel Canada, 35, was released by officers despite being in possession of marijuana, and went on to cause the horror smash while speeding at 115 mph, cops say.
He was not given a sobriety test, not given a speeding ticket, and was not taken into custody despite having five open arrest warrants.
After the crash, officers found he was almost twice the legal drink-drive limit – but the unnamed deputy who stopped him had claimed he showed no outward signs of impairment.
Half an hour later, Porsha Branch, 28, and her three sons King House, 5, Messiah House, 2, and seven-month-old Drake House were killed when Canada plowed into the back of their car in Spring, Harris County.
The family’s car burst into flames, leaving Porsha and Drake dead at the scene while the two older boys were airlifted to hospital where they later died.
Canada walked away with just bumps and bruises.
Branch and her 7-month-old were pronounced dead at the scene while King and Messiah were dragged from the fiery wreck.
King was airlifted to an area hospital but was pronounced dead.
Messiah was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital and placed on life support, but died the next day.
Several other cars caught fire and several other people were injured in the crash.
Investigators said Monday that analysis of the black box in the suspect’s car showed he was traveling at 115 mph just two seconds before the crash.
He was also found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent – almost double the .08 percent limit where you are deemed legally intoxicated in Texas.
Canada has been charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter.
He was originally charged with one count of intoxication assault with serious bodily injury and three counts of intoxication manslaughter but the charges were upgraded when 2-year-old Messiah also died.
If convicted, he faces life in prison.
Questions are now being asked about whether the deadly crash could have been prevented as it was revealed Canada was stopped by a deputy just 30 minutes earlier.