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Houston Police Department

Fatal Traffic Accident at 3000 Westpark

February 9, 2011 - Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident at 3000 Westpark about 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 8).

The female victim, Pauline Schifani, 86, of Houston, was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant R. Gonzales and Officer C. Tosso reported:

The female driver, 77, of a gray Lexus RX350, with Ms. Schifani and a second female, 70, as her passengers, was traveling northbound through an apartment parking lot at 2990 Bissonnet at a high rate of speed. The Lexus then crashed through the back emergency gate of an adjacent apartment complex at 3000 Westpark, continued north and crashed through the front gate. The vehicle then continued across Westpark into an open field and came to a stop against a back fence at 3001 Southwest Freeway (South U.S. Highway 59). Schifani was taken to the hospital where she died. The driver of the Lexus and the other passenger were also transported to area hospitals in unknown conditions.

The investigation is continuing.

VHS/JFC 2-9-11

Inc. #016898711

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