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Traffic Incident at 2900 North Freeway

June 10, 2006 -- Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident in the 2900 block of the North Freeway (Interstate 45 North) about 2:10 p.m. on Friday (June 9).

The name of the deceased female victim is pending notification to family members.

HPD Mobility Incident Management Division Sergeant R.A. Gonzales and Officers D. Ertons and M. Lowder reported:

The accident occurred on the southbound lanes of the freeway, just before the exit ramp to the North Sam Houston Parkway. One motorist was south on the freeway and decided to change lanes in order to exit onto the North Sam Houston Parkway. When he switched lanes, he drove onto the emergency shoulder on the outside portion of the road. He did not immediately realize it was an emergency lane and that there was a vehicle parked in it. He tried to avoid hitting that parked vehicle, but struck its back left side. The female passenger in the parked vehicle was killed upon impact. The driver of the parked vehicle was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital with bumps and bruises.

The driver who caused the accident was treated at the scene by medical personnel. He was cited for being at fault in the accident. The investigation is continuing and the case will be presented to the Harris County District Attorney's office for review and possible charges.

JFC 6-10-06
Inc #089755306

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