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Traffic Incident at 2500 East Loop North

February 11, 2006 -- Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident at 2500 East Loop North about 7:55 a.m. today (Feb. 11).

The identity of the victim and the cause of death are pending verification by the Harris County Medical Examiner's office.

HPD Mobility Incident Management Division Sergeant M.W. Bearden and Officer J.W. Nickell reported:

The driver of a Ford F-150 truck was traveling southbound on the East Loop when the vehicle suddenly veered to the right and off the freeway onto a grassy embankment. The vehicle continued to slide down the embankment and came to rest against a wooden billboard support column. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. It appears no other vehicles were involved. As the victim's vehicle began to veer off the freeway, several witnesses attempted to get his attention by sounding their horns, however, the victim did not appear to respond. Toxicology test will be preformed to determine if alcohol or medication was a factor.

The investigation is continuing.

NJM 2/11/06
Inc #23258206

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