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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 at 713-222-TIPS.

The investigation is continuing.

NJM/JFC 7/16/05

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.