Dance studio

Driver caught on CCTV crashes into South Houston dance studio, takes off in another car

SOUTH HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A driver was captured on surveillance video speeding down Spencer Highway in south Houston before crashing into a dance studio.

Nearly 20 seconds later, a white car picks up the suspect, who slowly gets into his backseat, and then they drive off.

“Look at the damage. It went all over the building,” said Jessica Galvan, owner of J-Productions LLC J-Dance Company. “There’s debris across the hall, and for him to walk away alive is pretty outrageous.”

The accident happened at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, so there were no dancers in the studio, which Galvan is grateful for. Most of their hard-earned trophies were destroyed in the accident.

“We literally have a million trophies that are just broken,” Galvan said. “We have trophy cases that are just smashed. It’s heartbreaking. They worked hard for those trophies. It’s a symbol of our dedication and they’re gone.”

The dancers have a winter recital in a few weeks, which was initially postponed due to COVID-19, but they aren’t letting this setback get in their way.

“They’re always dancing their little heart out,” Galvan said. “It’s just not my house, it’s a lot of children’s house.”

The driver’s car was towed from the studio, so Galvan hopes the license plates will help police track down the person responsible.

ABC13 contacted the City of South Houston Police Department, but did not hear back.

Galvan has created a GoFundMe page raise funds to restore the building.

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