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Traffic Incident at 7100 Roos

May 9, 2005 -- Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident at 7100 Roos about 7:03 a.m. on Sunday (May 8, 2005).

The deceased victim is identified as Denis J. Verdacia, 40, of 8315 Ariel. He was struck by the suspect's vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect's vehicle was being driven by Howard Martin Jones (b/m DOB: 07-10-86). Jones is charged with evading arrest causing death in the 338th State District Court.

HPD Mobility Incident Management Division Sergeant L.A Washington and Officer J.R Brashier reported :

Suspect Jones was driving a stolen vehicle taken in a previous aggravated robbery. He was approached by a police officer on Club Creek at the Southwest Freeway about 6:55 a.m. There, Jones fled from the officer until he (Jones) ran a stop sign and struck Mr. Verdacia's vehicle on the driver's side. Jones and two other occupants in his vehicle were transported to Ben Taub General Hospital. Jones was later booked into the city jail.

JGA/JFC 5-9-05

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