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Houston Police Department

Fatal Traffic Accident at 500 Gulf Freeway

January 14, 2011 - Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident in the 500 block of the Gulf Freeway (Interstate Highway 45 South) about 1:05 a.m. today (Jan. 14).

The victim, identified as Joe Ramiro Martinez, 43, of Houston, was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant I. Izaguirre and Officer V. McLean reported:

Mr. Martinez was driving his red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at a high rate of speed the wrong way on a one way street.  He drove onto the southbound entrance ramp of the Gulf Freeway from Houston Avenue and struck the concrete barrier head on.

The investigation is continuing.

VHS/JFC 1-14-11
Inc. #005685911

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