Archive for December, 2013

Leg severed in hit and run accident in Humble

A man was pushing an SUV on the feeder road of Highway 59 in Humble early this morning when he was struck from behind by another vehicle. Instead of remaining at the scene to help the severely injured man whose leg was severed in the collision, the rear-ending driver fled the scene. Fortunately a witness was able to follow the vehicle responsible and provided police with the license plate and a description. Meanwhile another passerby rendered aid to the injured man. The accident happened on the northbound feeder, according to Channel 2 Houston.

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Speeding blamed for fatal accident on Highway 146 in Baytown

Police say a 26-year old man was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic in his silver-colored Pontiac moments before he caused a multi-vehicle accident that claimed his life and serious injured many other people. The three vehicle accident happened on Highway 146 in Baytown, Texas at around noon.  Channel 2 News spoke to Dr. Bruce Meuth, a veterinarian who operates the Abisher-Meuth Animal Hospital at a location near the scene of the crash. The two other vehicles involved aside from the Pontiac were a FexEx delivery truck and a Lincoln car occupied by three businessmen who were reportedly badly hurt. Dr. Meuth and his staff rushed from their office to render aid and contact family member of the injured men to let them know about the accident.

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Police say the Pontiac driver was traveling northbound on Highway 146 when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed the center line into incoming traffic, colliding with the Lincoln. The men in the Lincoln were all transported by Life Flight helicopter and the FexEx driver was taken by ground ambulance with a leg injury.

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The driver of this silver Pontiac was killed

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Pasadena Wal-Mart shoplifter runs red light, killing mother and injuring daughter

Police say a woman in her 20’s is responsible for a fatal intersection accident in Pasadena, and that the woman was fleeing the scene of a shoplifting include at Wal-Mart when the accident happened.  According to Channel 2’s video report, the suspect has made an attempt earlier at the Wal-Mart to walk out without paying for items including CDs, DVDs and baby clothes, but she was challenged and left after making an excuse.  The woman then returned to the Wal-Mart about an hour later and left the store with approximately $50-worth of stolen toys. This time Wal-Mart loss prevention followed the woman to the parking lot and challenged her, but the alleged thief assaulted the loss prevention person, pushing him/her down, then fleeing in a white Ford pickup truck.

At the intersection of Fairmont Parking and Nations Driver, the shoplifter in the pickup truck ran a red light and t-boned a red-colored SUV that was proceeding on a green light. The woman in the red SUV was pronounced dead at the scene, and the woman’s 14-year old daughter was taken to the hospital in serious but stable condition. The District Attorney’s Office is assessing what charges will be brought against the shoplifter.

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The shoplifter was driving this Ford pickup

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The woman driving this red SUV was killed in the crash

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Fairmont Parkway and Nations Drive in Pasadena, TX

18-wheeler accident on I-10 East injures wrecker driver

A wrecker driver was injured while responding to a rollover crash on Interstate 10 East in Houston this morning.  In the initial accident at around 2:15 a.m., the driver of an SUV lost control of his vehicle and rolled over near Oates Road. Nobody was injured in the rollover wreck, however an 18-wheeler attempting to avoid the rollover accident scene hit a wrecker truck, knocking the wrecker into a Ford Mustang and a concrete wall. The big rig flipped over spilling its load onto the freeway.  Both the wrecker driver and the 18-wheeler driver were injured and transported to hospital. Two people in the SUV that rolled over fled the scene on foot.

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Tahoe runs red light on Dairy Ashford causing fatal accident

Sunday December 8, 2013: Channel 2 is reporting a two vehicle accident in Sugar Land that has left one driver dead. The crash happened at around 6:40 a.m. when a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV heading southbound on Dairy Ashford ran a red light, crashing into a Dodge Charger heading westbound on Highway 90.  The driver of the Dodge Charger was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the Tahoe was taken to hospital via helicopter. The crash remains under investigation; KHOU’s report states that the police will review red light cameras as part of the inquiry.

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The Tahoe driver reportedly ran this red light at Dairy Ashford and Hwy 90

Trench collapse kills worker

A worker was killed yesterday when a 15-20 foot deep trench he was working in collapsed, burying him.

The crew was working to repair a broken water main near Longenbaugh and Oakfield Glen. The trench wall were not properly shored-up said Houston Fire Department, and the soft mud walls of the trench gave way while two workers were in the trench. One man was able to crawl out after the collapse but his co-worker was completely buried. It took rescue units several hours to reach the trapped man because the trench had to be properly supported before firefighters could enter. Neither worker’s name has been released; presumably OSHA will investigate since the accident involved a workplace fatality.

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Toddler killed, mother injured by falling tree branch at Tomball behavior center

An awful accident has taken the life of a 14-month old baby girl and hospitalized her mother with serious injuries.

Lyndi Lolmaugh and her daughter Tesa Grace were attending a volunteer event at the Cadwalder Behavior Clinic located at 3093 Quinn Road, Tomball, Texas. Lyndi was working with a group that was putting up a Christmas tree and decorations.  As mom and daughter were leaving, a 20-foot branch fell from a tree, crushing mother and child.

Don Merwin, who was working at the clinic at the time, spoke to Channel 2 News about the tragedy, saying that he and another volunteer pulled the tree limb off Lyndi and Tesa and called 911.  A life flight helicopter transported baby Tesa to Memorial Hermann, but despite the very best efforts of 14 doctors, Tesa later died from her injuries.

Lyndi is still recovering from her injuries at the hospital: she suffered a dislocated shoulder and a broken back.  Tesa’s grandmother Diane Glenn told Channel 2 that Tesa and Lyndi were new to the area and had recently moved to start a new life.  Neither had health insurance.  What an awful loss for this poor family to endure so close to Christmas.

A fund has been set up to help Lyndi and her family with expenses. You can help by clicking here.

Lyndi Lolmaugh hurt, toddler daughter killed

Witnesses say the branch fell approximately 20 feet to the pathway below

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Motorcyclist killed on Katy Freeway by wrong way driver

A motorcyclist was killed in an accident caused by a wrong way driver who police believe was driving drunk. The accident happened around 8:00 p.m. on Saturday November 30th on the Katy Freeway (I-10). The woman driving the car was taken to hospital with minor injuries and was arrested on intoxication manslaughter charges. Channel 2 News’ story states the driver’s name and victim’s name has not been released; a photograph on Channel 2’s web site shows a red motorcycle and what appears to be an older model Nissan Maxima.  Harris County public records show that the only female charged with intoxication manslaughter in Harris County within the past 48 hours appears to be an individual named Ashley Tran of Houston, Texas.  The same public records indicate Ms. Tran is currently in Harris County Jail and her bond has been set at $30,000.

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Car accident at Holman and Burkett in Houston

Police are saying a driver ran a stop sign causing a major two car accident at the intersection of Holman Street and Burkett Street just south of downtown Houston. The accident happened around 11:00 p.m. on Friday November 29th. KHOU’s article quotes police as saying a light-colored car heading north on Burkett ran a stop sign and was then struck by the front of a black colored vehicle. As you can see from the pictures below, the light colored car came to rest on two wheels. At least one person was transported by ambulance.

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