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Traffic Incident at 8800 Westheimer

April 22, 2006 -- Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident at 8800 Westheimer about 1:55 a.m. today (Apr. 22).

The identities of the deceased male, in his 20s, and the seriously injured driver, also in his 20s, are pending verification by the Harris County Medical Examiner's office and/or notification to the next of kin.

HPD Mobility Incident Management Division Sergeant D.S. Runyan and Officer M.E. Wick reported:

Witnesses stated that the victims' vehicle was traveling westbound on Westheimer at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control of his vehicle and collided with a light pole. The force of the collision split the vehicle in half, killing the passenger and caused the driver to be ejected. The driver was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in serious condition. It appears no other vehicles were involved.

The investigation is continuing.

NJM/JFC 4/22/06
Inc #062743006

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