Traffic Incident at 1300 East Loop North
March 20, 2006 -- Houston police
are investigating a traffic accident involving an off-duty HPD
officer at 1300 East Loop North (northbound) on March 19, 2006
about 3 a.m.
HPD Mobility Incident Management Division Sergeant
G.T. Hall and Officer S. Martinez reported:
The off-duty HPD officer was driving his personal
vehicle northbound on the East Loop North. He drove onto the shoulder
and struck an unoccupied parked vehicle and then a third vehicle
was struck. All three vehicles were engulfed in flames. The third
vehicle had two people inside who were ejected, thrown over the
guardrail and landed on the ground below. One of the ejected individuals
suffered severe head trauma and the other is in critical condition.
The officer was pulled out of his burning truck by a passing motorist
and was transported to the hospital with severe injuries.
The HPD Mobility Incident Management and Internal
Affairs Divisions are investigating this incident with charges
to be determined after a complete investigation.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.