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Houston Police Department

Fatal Traffic Accident at 11900 Northwest Freeway

January 10, 2011 - Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident at 11900 Northwest Freeway (U.S. Highway 290) near West 43rd Street about 3:50 a.m. on Sunday (Jan. 9).

The female victim, 35, was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital.  Her identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant M. Bearden and Officer D. Schlichter reported:

The victim was driving a black Jeep on the inbound lanes of the Northwest Freeway when an 18-wheeler behind the Jeep noticed the Jeep pull over to the right shoulder of the freeway.  The Jeep then suddenly veered to the left and was struck by the 18-wheeler.  The victim was transported to an area hospital and pronounced dead.  A front seat passenger, 36, was treated and released.  Two backseat passengers, 4 and 12-year-old boys, were transported to Texas Children's Hospital, where the older victim is in critical condition.  The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.  There were no indications alcohol was involved in the accident.

The investigation is continuing.

JFC/VHS  1-10-11
Inc #003641511

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