POLICE Department

Investigation into Fatal Crash at 5400 East Freeway

March 24, 2017 - Houston police are investigating a fatal crash at 5400 East Freeway (East Interstate Highway 10) about 1 a.m. today (March 24).  

The identity of the female victim, 22, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant J. Salazar and Officer M. Nicotra reported:  

The victim was driving a green Toyota Camry eastbound on the East Freeway when she lost control of the vehicle, veered onto the service road embankment, and struck several trees.  The impact caused the vehicle to burst into flames.  The driver died at the scene.  Her male passenger, 21, was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital with severe head trauma.  

It is believed alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.  

The investigation is continuing.  

VHS/KJS  3-24-17
Inc. #036746917-C

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