Houston Police Department
Fatal Accident at 5500 East Freeway

April 9, 2014 - Houston police are investigating the fatal traffic accident at 5500 East Freeway (East Interstate Highway 10) about 5 a.m. today.

The male victim, 70, was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant A. Francois and Senior Police Officer S. Martinez reported:

The victim was driving a black Chevrolet S10 pickup truck southbound in the 1500 block of Sakowitz when he crashed into an elevated protective barricade for the westbound Lockwood exit ramp from the East Freeway. The Chevrolet then landed in front of a white 18-wheeler, which was exiting the ramp to Lockwood. The 18-wheeler struck the Chevrolet. The driver of the 18-wheeler did not show any signs of impairment at the scene.

The investigation is continuing.

JKS/JFC 4-9-14
Inc. #043133814-M

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