Four Deaths In One Weekend

According to The Texas Dept of Transportation, over 3,000 people die annually in car crashes. Just think about that…that might have been the size of your high school. Well, this weekend alone, four deaths were recorded within HPD’s jurisdiction. A sobering reminder to drive defensively and to be careful out there. My condolences to the families who lost their loved ones this Labor Day weekend. Here are the details from published reports.

Fatal Traffic Accident at 12700 East Freeway

Houston police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run traffic accident at 12700 East Freeway about 7:05 a.m. on Sunday (Sept. 5). The female pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD says the victim was in the westbound lanes of the East Freeway when she was struck by an unknown vehicle which then fled the scene. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the HPD Vehicular Crimes Division at 713-247-4072.

Fatal Traffic Accident at 5700 Eastex Freeway

Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident at 5700 Eastex Freeway about 1:25 a.m. on Saturday (Sept. 4). The male victim, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD says, witnesses reported seeing the driver of a white Mercury Sable speeding and weaving in and out of traffic while southbound on the Eastex Freeway.  Moments later, he attempted to exit onto the North Loop (North Interstate Highway 610) and lost control of the Mercury, causing it to land in the grassy area next to the traffic ramp and strike a bridge pillar.  The vehicle then caught on fire.  Witnesses attempted to rescue the driver, but were prevented by the flames.  HFD emergency personnel were able to extinguish the fire and extricate the driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fatal Traffic Accident at 4700 Katy Freeway

Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident at 4700 Katy Freeway about 8:55 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 4). The male victim, Bret Muller, 49, of Spring, Texas, was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

HPD says Mr. Muller was traveling westbound on the Katy Freeway when his black Harley Davidson motorcycle struck the concrete divider at the Shepherd exit.  Muller, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered fatal head injuries.

Fatal Traffic Accident at 6300 Rampart

Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident in the 6300 block of Rampart about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 7). The male victim, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD says the driver of a tan Toyota Corolla was traveling south in the 6300 block of Rampart when the vehicle veered off the street and struck a utility pole on the west side of the street.  The driver died at the scene. The investigation is continuing.

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