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Traffic Incident at 2300 Southwest Freeway

October 23, 2006 -- Charges are pending against the driver of a car that caused a fatality accident in the 2300 block of the Southwest Freeway on Monday, October 23, 2006 at about 2 a.m.

HPD Mobility Incident Management Division Sergeants R. Gonzales, S.R. Sorge and Officers S. Johnson, P. Lasalle, Vecera and Balthrop reported that a maroon Lexus RX300 SUV driven by Elizabeth Shelton was traveling southbound in the 2300 block of the Southwest Freeway. She lost control of her vehicle and swerved across two lanes of traffic before striking a commercial Ford F-650 truck, driven by Mr. Lance Bennet.

Ms. Shelton was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital and had a mandatory blood sample taken. The passenger in her vehicle, Mr. Mathew McNiece, died from injuries suffered in the accident. Ms. Shelton, who is the daughter of State District Judge Pat Shelton, faces intoxication manslaughter charges and will be arrested once released from the hospital.

This incident is still under investigation.

AW / GO 10-23-06
Inc # 163676506

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