Archive for August, 2012

Cadillac rear ends and flips pickup truck on W. Fuqua at Goldfarb

The driver of a Cadillac was trapped in his vehicle for more than 30 minutes last night after a major car accident on W. Fuqua Street at Goldfarb in southwest Houston. The crash happened at around 11:45 p.m. when the pick, heading east on W. Fuqua was rear ended by the Cadillac at a high speed. The impact was severe enough to flip the truck over. Both drivers were taken to hospital. Channel 11’s report.

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HFD cuts free the Cadillac driver. Photo credit: Channel 11

Shannon Elliott injured by debris falling from Urban Lofts apartments in Galveston

Shannon Elliott (26) and her 3-year old son were walking by the Urban Lofts apartments at 2208 Postoffice Street in Galveston Saturday night when they were struck by falling stucco that detached from the bottom of a third floor balcony. Shannon suffered serious head and neck injuries and remains in critical condition at UTMB. Shannon’s 3-year old son suffered bruising to his face and head, and his father collected him from hospital Sunday morning.
The Urban Lofts building is owned by Rusty Walla who had a work crew remove the stucco from the building exterior. According to a Galveston Daily News article published today, Walla bought and remodeled the building in 2006 and added the decorative stucco to the exterior in 2008 after Hurricane Ike. Engineers called to the scene of the accident Sunday morning said the building and the balconies were structurally sound: Walla said he added the stucco to resemble the building’s original 1920’s architecture.
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Stucco fell from a 3rd floor balcony of Urban Lofts, seriously injuring Shannon Elliott

Workers remove stucco from Urban Lofts. Photo credit: Jennifer Reynolds, Galveston Daily News.

Pedestrian struck and killed by pickup on FM 1960 in Houston

Police say a man in his 20’s was struck and killed by a small pickup truck while trying to cross a poorly lit area of FM 1960 around 10:15 p.m. last night. The pedestrian accident happened near FM 1960 and Highway 249. A few lanes were closed as Houston Police Department investigated the accident.

Deadly car accident on North Main in Baytown

Police believe speed and possibly alcohol may be the causes of a deadly car accident on North Main Street near Archer in Baytown yesterday. Police say that around 5:00 a.m. a 22-year old male was driving at excessive speed on North Main in a black-colored Honda Civic when he drove the car off the road and into a ditch, launching the car airborne and into a power pole before the Civic came to rest on its roof. Investigators say the driver was killed in the accident. Two women aged 21 and 22 were passengers in the car: they were in serious condition and were taken by life flight helicopter to hospital. Channel 2’s story did not include the names of the people involved, and mentions that police think alcohol may have been involved.

Man in wheelchair hit by truck on South Post Oak

Around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday a man in a wheelchair was hit and dragged by a pickup truck as he crossed South Post Oak near West Orem in southwest Houston. Witness Jacqueline Pineda told Channel 13 she shouted for the pickup driver to stop when she saw the man hit. The man in the wheelchair was dragged by the truck for a few blocks before a passerby pulled in front of the truck to stop it, at which time witnesses say the man tumbled out from underneath the truck. The victim was transported to the hospital with severe road rash, and the driver was detained by police who said he would be charged with failure to stop and render aid (at least). The driver of the truck speaking to Channel 13 from inside a police car said he simply didn’t see the man crossing the street. Neighbor say he crosses there all the time in his wheelchair. Channel 13’s coverage is here.
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Fatal auto pedestrian accident on Aldine Westfield

A pedestrian was fatally struck by a minivan in Houston last night at around 10:20 p.m. The accident happened on Aldine Westfield Road at Aldine Mail Route Road. A man was walking on the shoulder of the roadway when he was stuck: the minivan driver remained at the scene and spoke to police, and it is not believed alcohol is a factor. Channel 11’s report.

18-wheeler accident on Gulf Freeway ramp in Houston

A fairly spectacular 18-wheeler accident took place in Houston this morning when an 18-wheeler fully loaded with a cargo of plywood went off a ramp on the Gulf Freeway and crashed to the ground below. The accident happened around 10:45 a.m. as the truck was headed toward the eastbound South Loop. Houston police said the trucker was traveling too fast to make a corner, then lost control and tumbled over the side. The 18-wheeler driver, miraculously, escaped with apparently very minor injuries, probably because he was wearing his seatbelt. The truck weighed more than 36 tons and fell about 20 feet: fortunately there was no traffic traveling below at the time. Police said the driver will get a citation for failure to control speed. The trucking company the driver was working for has agreed to pay for the clean-up. Channel 2’s story on the 18-wheeler accident is here. Channel 11’s story is here.

Pickup trucks crash at Pasadena intersection hospitalizing two

A crash in Pasadena at the intersection of Space Center Boulevard and Fairmont Parkway around midnight last night sent two people to the hospital. A maroon-colored Ford F-series pickup truck and a black Ford F-series pickup truck were involved. According to the Pasadena Police Department, the maroon Ford ran the red light and caused the accident: one person in the black truck was taken to hospital via life flight helicopter, the other by ground ambulance. Police said the driver of the Ford would be tested for possible drunk driving. A witness who helped the injured right after the crash disagreed with the Pasadena Police Department’s conclusion on who was at fault, and said the black truck ran the red light. You can read Channel 11’s report here. Smith & Hassler offers free attorney consultations for personal injury cases. Visit or call (713) 739 1250.

Pasadena Police Dept believes this red Ford truck ran a red light

Watco Mechanical Services flash fire in Hockley injures three

Sunday August 19th: A flash fire at Watco Mechanical Services facility in Hockley injured three people. The incident happened around 12:30 p.m. Three life flight helicopters were sent to the scene. According to Channel 13’s article, emergency responders said the three injured people were in a paint booth under construction when paint dust caught fire. Watco Mechanical Services repairs and rebuilds trains and railcars.

Head-on accident on FM 1488 kills one and injures two

A head-on crash on FM 1488 in Montgomery County has left one woman and her pet dog dead and another woman and her three year old daughter injured. Taylor Harris, 20, was driving her Ford Focus car westbound on FM 1488 when, for a reason that’s not known, she cross the center turn lane and crashed head-on into Melanie Sangil‘s Nissan Armada SUV, heading eastbound. Harris was killed in the accident, as was her pet dog. Melanie Sangil and her 3-year old daughter were taken to Conroe Regional Hospital in stable condition. The crash happened around 5:15 p.m. on FM 1488 near Peoples Road. Channel 2’s story is here. The Montgomery County Police Reporter story is here, including video and photographs. Both women are reported to be from Conroe.