Traffic Incident at 2700 De Soto
July 16, 2005 -- Houston police
are investigating a fatal traffic accident at 2700 De Soto about
6:40 p.m. on Friday (July 15).
The victim, Tomas Balleza, 41, was pronounced
dead at the scene.
HPD Mobility Incident Management Division Sergeant
N. Nguyen and Officers J. Tippy, R. Pedraza and G. Powers reported:
Three unknown suspects driving a green Chevy
Cavalier robbed Tomas Balleza and a group of men at gunpoint in
the 1900 block of De Soto. As the suspects fled the scene, Mr.
Balleza and the other men pursued the fleeing suspects in a white
pickup truck and a white Camaro. As the three vehicles traveled
westbound on De Soto at a high rate of speed, Tomas Balleza lost
control of his white pickup truck and struck a concrete culvert.
The suspects continued to flee and abandoned
their vehicle at a nearby location. The suspects are described
as three black males, 18-20 years of age.
Anyone with information in this case is urged
to contact the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700 or Crime Stoppers
The investigation is continuing.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.