POLICE Department

Investigation into Fatal Crash at 12000 Northwest Freeway

January 9, 2017 - Houston police are investigating a fatal crash at 12000 Northwest Freeway (U.S. Highway 290) about 1:15 a.m. on Sunday (Jan. 8).

The male victim, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene.  His identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant I. Duplechain and Officer J. Baker reported:

According to witnesses, the victim was operating a Yamaha motorcycle at a high rate of speed in the outbound lanes of the Northwest Freeway.  He passed other vehicles, failed to control his speed, and struck the rear of a dump truck also traveling outbound.  The victim was thrown from the motorcycle, which was dragged under the dump truck a short distance and then caught fire.  

KJS/JFC  1-9-17
Inc. #003119817-P

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