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Sudanese teen is freed on bail after being charged with murder for crashing into three valet drivers


Ahmedal Tayeb Elnouman Modawi, 17, was released on bail today after being charged with three counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault in relation to a deadly car crash on October 1st

A teenage hookah lounge valet who killed three other young valets while allegedly fleeing police in a customer’s car at 60mph on a residential street was released on bail. 

Ahmedal Tayeb Elnouman Modawi, 17, from Sudan, was charged with three counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault for the deadly October 1 crash in Houston that killed three young men, with one of his victims previously beating leukemia. He also injured both himself and his passenger. 

The teen made bail this past weekend and is required to wear an ankle monitor while he is under house arrest until his next court hearing on Dec. 15. He will be permitted to attend school and church during that time. 

Modawi’s bond was initially set at at $350,000, which included $100,000 for each murder count. A judge later reduced the bond to $220,000 – $60,000 for each murder count, plus $40,000 for the aggravated assault.  

At the time of the incident, authorities allege a patrol sergeant saw Modawi doing ‘doughnuts’ in a white Infiniti G37 (which belonged to a customer) and leaving tire tracks on the pavement in a parking lot in the 6300 block of Fairdale Lane at 10.30pm. That is said to have prompted them to try and pull Modawi over – only for him to allegedly attempt to flee. 

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Fnan Measho, 18

Eric Orduna, 22

Fnan Measho, 18 (left), and Eric Orduna, 22 (right), were among three valets who were struck and killed in Houston on Friday night 

Nick Rodriguez, 23, pictured with his girlfriend, was the third valet who lost his life in the crash. Rodriguez was a childhood leukemia survivor

Nick Rodriguez, 23, pictured with his girlfriend, was the third valet who lost his life in the crash. Rodriguez was a childhood leukemia survivor 

Police say Ahmedal Tayeb Elnouman Modawi, 17, slammed into the three valets on Fairdale Lane while trying to elude an officer seeking to pull him over

Police say Ahmedal Tayeb Elnouman Modawi, 17, slammed into the three valets on Fairdale Lane while trying to elude an officer seeking to pull him over 

The vehicle sped away before the officer could stop Modawi, according to police.

Modawi drove away, allegedly doing up to 60mph down a residential street to avoid the officer when he allegedly hit the three valets who worked for the nearby Prospect Park Sports Bar.

The three valets who were killed were identified by authorities as Fnan Measho, 18; Eric Orduna, 22; and Nick Rodriguez, 23, with Rodriguez the leukemia survivor. 

After mowing down the valets, the white Infiniti that Modawi was driving overturned and crashed, striking a pole and landing in a ditch.

The valets had been coming back from parking cars and going to get more of them when the Infiniti hit them, said Sean Teare, chief of vehicular crimes with the Harris County district attorney’s office. 

A patrol sergeant saw Modawi doing 'doughnuts' in a white Infiniti G37, which belonged to a customer,  and leaving tire tracks on the pavement near the hookah lounger where he worked as a valet

A patrol sergeant saw Modawi doing ‘doughnuts’ in a white Infiniti G37, which belonged to a customer,  and leaving tire tracks on the pavement near the hookah lounger where he worked as a valet 

After allegedly hitting and killing the three valets, the vehicle Modawi was driving flipped over, struck a pole and landed in a ditch

After allegedly hitting and killing the three valets, the vehicle Modawi was driving flipped over, struck a pole and landed in a ditch  

Modawi's passenger, fellow valet Mohammed Alkatip, 16 (pictured), broke a leg and required three surgeries

Modawi’s passenger, fellow valet Mohammed Alkatip, 16 (pictured), broke a leg and required three surgeries 

Modawi and a passenger in the vehicle he drove, identified as Mohammed Alkatip, each broke a leg and were taken to a hospital. Police say Modawi remained hospitalized on Tuesday. 

Alkatip’s family shared a photo of the 16-year-old boy in a hospital bed after undergoing three surgeries in as many days.  

Investigators determined that Modawi was not intoxicated at the time of the crash.

On October 4th, victims’ grieving family members released dozens of white balloons in honor of the three slain valets. 

Jasmin Astorga, Nick Rodriguez’s girlfriend, told ABC13 that the 23-year-old had only recently taken the valet job to pay for college. 

Rodriguez was majoring in music therapy at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, and was commuting to and from school every day so he could continue living near his family and his girlfriend in Houston.   

Astorga said Rodriguez had survived childhood leukemia, only to be killed in a car crash. 

The families of the other two victims, Measho and Orduna, met for the first time on Monday to grieve and demand justice. 

‘We want justice for them, for all three. All three. This should not have happened,’ said Junior Orduna, Eric’s brother. 

Junior Orduna, Eric's brother, is pictured beside Measho's heartbroken father

Junior Orduna, Eric’s brother, is pictured beside Measho’s heartbroken father 

Eric’s mother, Rose, recalled in an interview with KHOU11 that when her son first took the valet job about eight months ago, she warned him to be careful because the street where the sports bar is located is narrow and busy.

The 22-year-old dreamed of earning enough money buying a car for himself and a house for his parents, reported Houston Chronicle. A GoFundMe has been launched to help Orduna’s family pay his funeral expenses.  

According to the description of an online fundraiser, Fnan Measho, who was Rodriguez’s close friend, was the breadwinner for his three young siblings and his ailing parents, and was active in his Eritrean church.

Measho graduated from Bellaire High School in the spring and was attending University of Houston Downtown, where he was studying criminology.

‘Fnan wanted to be a police officer and always wanted to help people and the city he loved so much,’ the website stated. ‘Fnan is known for being responsible, friendly and extremely kind.’  

Meanwhile, Modawi’s neighbors described the 17-year-old valet to KPRC as mischievous and reported having problems with him and his two brothers over the past year. 

One neighbor said she called the police on Modawi a week before the incident after a verbal dispute.  



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