Update: Investigation into Fatal Crash at 8000 Eastex Freeway
June 7, 2021 - Houston police have learned an infant critically injured in a fatal crash at 8000 Eastex Freeway (North U.S. Highway 59) about 9:20 a.m. on June 2 has died.
The identity of the female victim, 4 months of age, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. She was pronounced deceased at a hospital last Friday (June 4).
Another child, a female, 3 years old, was pronounced deceased at a hospital shortly after the crash.
HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant K. Harris and Officer L. Ho reported:
The female driver, 23, of a white Chevrolet Traverse was traveling northbound on the freeway near the above address and stopped to avoid a pallet of metal debris blocking a moving lane of traffic. The debris was part of a lost load from a previous crash about 10 minutes earlier. As the driver of the Chevrolet attempted to drive around the debris, it was struck by a green Ford Taurus. The impact caused both vehicles to spin.
A juvenile passenger, 3, in the Chevrolet was transported to Texas Children's Hospital where she was pronounced deceased. A four-month-old female passenger, also in the Chevrolet, was transported to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in critical condition. Doctors pronounced her deceased two days later (June 4).
The male driver, 78, of the Ford was transported to an area hospital with a broken leg and cuts and bruises. Neither driver was found to be intoxicated. At this time, officers have not located the tractor-trailer truck or the driver involved in the lost load incident.
No charges have been filed at this time, as the investigation is continuing.
Update JFC/KJS 6-7-21