Archive for August, 2013

Construction worker killed in Greenway Plaza elevator shaft fall

A construction worker fell 10 stories to his death Thursday at a construction project at 2800 Wesleyan near W. Alabama. Houston Fire Department responded but the man was already dead. It appears the construction project is a 35-story residential tower being developed by CF Jordan Construction, according to the Houston Chronicle. The construction worker was employed by a sub-contractor at the site. OSHA will investigate to determine what happened; wonder why this worker wasn’t wearing fall protection if he was on the tenth floor?

KHOU’s story. Channel 2’s story. Channel 13’s story. Houston Chronicle’s story.

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Mercedes crashes into Toyota on Fairbanks N. Houston, drunk driving suspected

Police suspect the driver of a silver Mercedes car may have been drunk when he collided with a Toyota pulling out of a Valero gas station early Saturday morning. The accident happened at around 2: 30 a.m. according to Houston Police Department, at Fairbanks N. Houston Road and West Road. Three people in the Toyota were injured in the crash, two of them were taken by Life Flight in critical condition. The Mercedes driver was arrested at the scene.

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Prius and Explorer collide in car accident at Red Bluff and Genoa

Police that that just after 11:00 a.m. Friday a woman driving a Prius with a child passenger ran a red light at Red Bluff Road and Genoa Red Bluff Road in Pasadena, causing a Ford Explorer to broadside (T-bone) the Prius. The woman and the 4-year old were transported to hospital, fortunately they did not have life-threatening injuries.

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Wreck on FM 1960 injures DPS Trooper

DPS Trooper John Sampa was injured in a two vehicle accident today.  While driving a DPS patrol car eastbound on FM 1960 West off Highway 249 a driver pulled away from a stop sign and in front of Trooper Sampa.  Both the civilian and Trooper Sampa were taken to Methodist Willowbrook in stable condition, according to Channel 2 NewsChannel 13 reported that the Trooper may have broken his arm in the accident: hopefully not, that would probably mean an extended leave of absence from work. Video on KHOU’s web site shows the drivers being loaded into ambulances at the accident scene.

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Rear end accident between pickup trucks on South Loop injures two

A rear end accident early Monday morning sent two people to hospital. The crash happened around 2:00 a.m. on Houston’s South 610 Loop near the Broadway Street overpass. One pickup, traveling at a high speed, crashed into the rear of a second pickup. The driver in the truck that was rear ended was taken to hospital, so was a passenger in the speeding pickup. Photographs from Channel 11’s web site show significant damage to the vehicles.

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River Oaks restaurant valet in BMW involved in fatal motorcycle accident

Sergeant Cedrick Nickerson with Houston Police Department told a reporter for Channel 13 News that it appears a restaurant valet driving a BMW made an error in judgment when he changed lanes across the path of a motorcyclist, killing the rider. The crash happened near the as yet unidentified restaurant in River Oaks at Westheimer Road and Virginia Street around 11:30 p.m. The restaurant valet, driving a BMW, and motorcyclist were heading the same direction on Westheimer.  It appears the valet attempted a right turn onto Virginia from the inside lane (the lane nearest the center of the roadway), cutting off the motorcyclist’s right-of-way.  When the bike couldn’t stop in the time, the vehicles collided. Sadly although the motorcyclist was rushed to the emergency room, he was pronounced dead when he arrived.

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Lumvouris Webb, wife, son victims of 18 wheeler wreck in Texarkana

Tragedy struck a Houston family this weekend: three lives were lost in an 18-wheeler accident on Interstate 30 in Texarkana, Arkansas.  According to news reports for Houston’s Channel 11 and Channel 13, the victims were Lumvouris Webb (43), his son Q’Xnstian Marcell Webb (7) and wife Charlotte Williams Webb (52). Media accounts state the family were stopped in traffic at 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning for an accident up ahead when their vehicle was struck from behind by a big rig driven by 22-year old Johnathan Woodell.  A woman in a third vehicle was also injured. The Webb family vehicle burst into flames, all were pronounced dead at the scene. Lumvouris Webb is survived by at least one son, Lumvouris Webb, Jr. who is an Airman in the United States Navy. God bless them, and those they leave behind.

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Head on crash on Mykawa injures three, alcohol involvement suspected

The driver of a red pickup swerved out of his lane around 10:00 p.m. Friday night while traveling on Mykawa, then crossed into oncoming traffic causing a head-on collision that injured a man and a 12-year old boy. All three people involved were taken to Ben Taub in serious but stable condition. Police found beer cans in the cab of the red pickup truck so alcohol involvement is obviously suspected as being a factor in the crash.

Channel 11’s story on the accident is here.

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Police: Dalia Alfaro drunk when she caused deadly car accident

18-year old Dalia Alfaro has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in connection with a deadly car accident yesterday.  Police are saying Alfaro, a dancer at a club called Sin City, was drunk when she left the club after her shift.  Channel 11 News’ story notes that Sin City’s web site says the club is open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. but the accident happened shortly after 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

The tragic chain of events was set in motion when a police officer saw Alfaro driving a silver Dodge pickup at 60 MPH in a 35 MPH zone on Westheimer near Gessner. Alfaro allegedly fled from the officer when he attempted a traffic stop, then she crashed into a vehicle at Kirkwood and Westheimer then kept going. Alfaro apparently stopped at some point, but then reversed and took off again.

Disaster struck when Alfaro, doing 85 MPH, ran a red light at the intersection of Eldridge Parkway and collided with a green-colored Mazda 3 then hit the driver’s side of a gray Impala.  Alfaro’s truck then swerved and hit a concrete truck head-on, ending the pursuit.

The driver of the Impala, only 29-years old, died at the scene.

Police took Alfaro to Memorial Hermann Southwest for minor injuries and was determined to be drunk after a blood draw was taken.  Alfaro is being held on $80,000 bond. Alfaro reportedly has prior convictions for evading arrest, graffiti and possession of marijuana.

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Concrete truck and pickup collide on FM 1942 killing one

The driver of a pickup truck was killed Monday morning in a collision with a concrete truck at the intersection of FM 1942 and Bohemian Hall Road in Houston. The collision happened around 10:50 a.m. Police say the pickup driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and a female passenger was transported to the emergency room at Memorial Hermann. The concrete truck driver was also transported with minor injuries.  Images from Channel 11 News‘ helicopter footage show the concrete truck came to rest in the opposing lane of traffic. According to Channel 2’s news coverage, the cause of the accident was the pickup truck driver’s failure to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign.  Channel 2 reports that the female passenger was life-flighted, and lost her right arm in the accident.

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