Houston Police Department
Investigation into Fatal Traffic Accident at 11400 Hempstead Highway

July 30, 2012 - Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident in the 11400 block of the Hempstead Highway about 8:45 a.m. on Saturday (July 28).

A male involved in the accident, Mason Armando Lazo (H/m, DOB: 5-25-87), is charged with driving while intoxicated in Harris County Criminal Court #3.

The victim, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene.  His identity is pending notification to family members by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant C. Park and Officer E. Rubio reported:

A silver Ford Explorer and a white Toyota pickup truck were both traveling westbound on Hempstead Highway when the driver of the Toyota made an improper left turn from the wrong lane and was struck by the Ford Explorer.  The driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene.

Further investigation determined the driver of the Ford (Lazo) was not at-fault in the traffic accident, however he was found to be intoxicated.  Lazo was then taken into custody at the scene.

JKS/VHS  7-30-12
Inc. #095417012-I

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