Fatal Traffic Accident at 22600 Eastex Freeway

June 29, 2009 - Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident in the 22600 block of the Eastex Freeway (U.S. Highway 59 North) about 4:27 a.m. on Sunday (June 28).

The victim, Willie T. Tolbert, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant P. Casares and Officer D. Garner reported:

Mr. Tolbert and his wife were standing outside their silver Chevrolet Aveo, which was pulled over on the right shoulder of the freeway, when the driver of a red Dodge pickup, traveling southbound on the Eastex Freeway, struck the Aveo and Tolbert. Tolbert's wife was not injured. The driver of the Dodge was transported to Memorial Herman Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Further investigation determined the driver of the Dodge fell asleep before he struck Tolbert.

The investigation is continuing.

Inc. #09309509

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