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Traffic Incident at 22500 Eastex Freeway

September 17, 2005 -- Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident at 22500 Eastex Freeway about 6 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 16).

The identity of the deceased victim is pending verification by the Harris County Medical Examiner's office.

HPD Mobility Incident Management Division Sergeant H.M. Garcia and Officer D. Ertons reported:

The driver of a black Honda traveling southbound on the Eastex Freeway swerved to avoid an obstruction in the roadway (a wheelbarrow) and lost control of the vehicle. The Honda was struck by an 18-wheeler causing it to strike another vehicle, a Ford Escort. A passenger in the rear seat of the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Honda was transported via Life Flight helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in serious condition. Another passenger in the Honda and the driver of the Ford Escort were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries.

The investigation is continuing.

NJM/JFC 9/17/05
Inc #142008505

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