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Traffic Incident at 4000 Hollister

June 20, 2005 -- Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident in the 4000 block of Hollister about 12:10 a.m. today (June 20).

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

HPD Mobility Incident Management Division Sergeant T.D. McCabe and Officers R.C. Stafford and I.M. Labdi reported:

HPD Officer S.A. Borak was on-duty and enroute to a shooting call as he drove southbound in the 4000 block of Hollister. As he drove through the block, he ran over what he believed to be a board in the roadway. Officer Borak noticed damage to his radiator and stopped at HFD fire station #5. There, he called one of his patrol supervisors to report damage to his vehicle. A very short time later, an auto/pedestrian call was heard in the 4000 block of Hollister. Upon hearing the call, Officer Borak realized that he might have struck a pedestrian lying in the street, and not a board. Paramedics arrived and pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene. Officer Borak, assigned to the Northwest Patrol Division, was sworn in as an HPD officer in December 2002.

As is customary in a fatal incident involving an officer, the Internal Affairs Division is investigating the case. IAD investigators went to the scene to interview witnesses. However, due to the witnesses being highly intoxicated at the time, they were detained for public intoxication and will be asked to provide statements about the accident at a later time. The investigation is continuing.

JFC/DJC 6-20-05
Inc #094491105

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