Traffic Incident at 12400 South Post Oak
February 14, 2005 -- Houston
police are investigating a fatal traffic accident at 12400 South
Post Oak Road about 10:20 a.m. today (Feb. 14).
The deceased motorist was identified as Joseph
Barthen, 64, of 6220 Alder.
HPD Traffic Division Sergeant J.T. Roberts and
Officer S. Holmes reported:
Witnesses and evidence indicate that Mr. Barthen
was driving a red Toyota Celica southbound on South Post Oak when
his vehicle crossed the median into the northbound lanes. The
Toyota collided head-on with a white Dodge van. Barthen was pronounced
dead at the scene. The driver of the van was transported to Ben
Taub General Hospital in good condition. There were no passengers
in either vehicle.
At this time, it is unknown what caused Barthen
to lose control of the vehicle, but investigators believe a health
condition might have contributed to the incident.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.