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Traffic Incident at 16600 Eastex Freeway

November 2, 2005 -- Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident in the 16600 block of the Eastex Freeway (59 North) about 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 1).

The name of the deceased male has not been released pending notification to family members.

HPD Mobility Incident Management Division Sergeant R.A. Gonzales and Officers J. Tippy and R. Breiding reported:

The driver of an 18-wheeler was northbound on the Eastex Freeway when he saw an accident ahead on the shoulder of the freeway. For unknown reasons, the driver of the 18-wheeler locked up his brakes. That action caused the tractor-trailer to jackknife and swerve onto the shoulder of the freeway where the victim's vehicle was parked. The victim, the driver of the vehicle, was killed when the sliding truck struck his vehicle.

Following completion of this investigation, the case will be presented to the Harris County District Attorney's office for possible charges against the truck driver.

JFC/MES 11-2-05
Inc #166082305

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