Traffic Incident at 8200 LaPorte Freeway
February 4, 2007 -- Houston
police are investigating a fatal traffic accident at 8200 LaPorte
Freeway about 2:45 a.m. today (Feb. 4).
The victim, identified as Martin Pina Cortez
Jr., 20, of Edinburg suffered severe head and internal injuries
and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he died.
The cause of death is pending an autopsy by the Harris County
Medical Examiner's office.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant E. Gonzalez and
Officer R. Chappell reported:
Mr. Cortez and several people were involved in
a minor accident at Monroe and the Gulf Freeway that led to an
altercation involving shots being fired from a third vehicle.
All vehicles became involved in a chase that ended in the 8200
block of the LaPorte Freeway where two of the vehicles collided,
including the pickup truck in which Cortez was riding, causing
that pickup to overturn. Cortez was thrown from the bed of the
overturned pickup truck.
Anyone with information in this case is urged
to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime
Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
The investigation is continuing.
additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs
Division at 713-308-3200.