One-year mark: shortly before the fatal fall in spring, the woman drove behind her daughter’s car

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A growing pile of stuffed animals, notes and memorabilia cluster around a light pole at the intersection of FM 2920 and Gosling Road in spring.

A year ago, a 28-year-old mother and three of her children died in a fire accident.

“It feels like it just happened,” said Damien House, the husband and father who was left to bury his family.

House says the 365 days that have passed have done little to ease his grief.

His wife, Porsha Branch, and three of their sons, 7-month-old Drake, 2-year-old Messiah and 5-year-old King, were killed after their car burst into flames in a violent seven-car crash.

“When you see the car, it was like there was no way they survived that,” House said.

Investigators say another driver, Daniel Canada, accelerated at up to 115 mph before crashing into the rear of Porsha’s car as she sat at a red light.

Their sedan was crushed, and investigators say at least five other cars were hit.

Canada’s blood alcohol level was reportedly 0.15, nearly double the legal limit.

He walked away with bumps and bruises.

“That’s a lot of alcohol in your system. It has to stop immediately. Because if it’s not, the next person will, then the next person will, then people will keep losing loved ones and stuff like that,” House said.

Court records show Canada was on probation for evading police in Gregg County at the time of the crash, and had five outstanding warrants in Liberty County.

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Just 30 minutes before the horrific accident, Canada was pulled over for speeding by a Harris Co. sheriff’s deputy.

The Sheriff’s Office previously released this statement:

On Sunday, March 14, at approximately 8:08 p.m., a Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy was driving his marked vehicle when he observed a driver drive past him at high speed. The deputy conducted a traffic stop and pulled the driver north along I-45 off Parramatta Lane.

The deputy let the driver out and held him briefly. The driver told the deputy he had a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle, which the deputy took as evidence. The deputy informed the driver that the suspected marijuana would be tested in a lab and that criminal charges could be filed later depending on the results of those tests. The deputy reported that the driver showed no outward signs of impairment and was released from custody.

The traffic control driver is the same person suspected of causing the fatal accident that occurred on FM 2920, Daniel Canada. The incident is being reviewed by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office of Internal Affairs to determine if all applicable guidelines have been followed.

ABC13 asked for an update regarding the internal review. A spokesman for HCSO said they are working to provide an answer.

House says he’s trying to stay strong for his three other children, 11-year-old Lyndon, 8-year-old Paris and 5-year-old Da’money.

“You cried last night. You cried today. You’ve been waiting for this day. They tagged him on their phone. I hate to see her suffer,” House said.

The jury trial for Canada is scheduled to begin on April 22nd.

For House, he says justice is life in prison without parole.

“It could have been someone other than my family so it has to stop. It has to stop. You have innocent people losing children, wives, grandmothers, aunts and all of the above. It has to stop. It has to,” House said.

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