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Traffic Incident at 13800 Gulf Freeway

July 28, 2005 -- Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident at 13800 Gulf Freeway service road today (July 28) about 4:30 a.m.

The identity of the male victim is pending verification by the Harris County Medical Examiner's office.

HPD Traffic Division Sergeant D. S. Runyan and Officer R. Stafford reported:

The driver of a late-model Ford Mustang was traveling southbound on the Gulf Freeway when he decided to take the Scarsdale exit at the last minute. The vehicle swerved towards the service road and the driver overcorrected causing the vehicle to spin out of control and briefly turn on its' side. As the vehicle slid on its' side, the front seat passenger's head was caught between the vehicle and the roadway, killing him instantly.

The driver and another passenger were transported to Memorial Hermann Southeast hospital in an undetermined condition. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

The investigation is continuing.

NJM/MES 7/28/05

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