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Traffic Incident at 8500 Gulf Freeway

December 10, 2005 -- Charges of intoxication manslaughter are pending against a suspect involved in a fatal traffic accident at 8500 Gulf Freeway about 12:15 a.m. today (Dec. 10).

The suspect is identified as Thomas Roy Kennedy (w/m, DOB 8/5/86).

The identities of the two deceased 12-year-old female victims are pending verification by the Harris County Medical Examiner's office.

HPD Mobility Incident Management Division Sergeant D.S. Runyan and Officer S. Martinez reported:

The 17-year-old driver of a late-model Chevrolet Cavalier was stopped in the southbound right-hand emergency lane after running out of fuel. Witnesses reported that the driver of a late-model Ford F-150 pickup, traveling southbound on the Gulf Freeway, suddenly swerved across several lanes of traffic and struck the rear of the disabled vehicle. Two 12-year-old female rear seat passengers of the disabled Chevrolet were pronounced dead at the scene. Another 12-year-old, a male rear seat Chevrolet passenger, was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in critical condition. The 17-year-old driver of the disabled Chevrolet was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition and his 14-year-old female front seat
passenger was transported to Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital in an unknown

The driver of the Ford F-150 is suspected of being intoxicated. He was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital with minor injuries.

The investigation is continuing.

NJM/JFC 12/10/05
Inc #185904405

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