Posts Tagged ‘Harwin’

Minivan runs red light and causes wreck at Harwin and Beltway

Police say a minivan driver caused a 3 vehicle accident on Harwin near Beltway 8 when he ran a red light. Police say the minivan hit an SUV, causing the SUV to roll over and land on top of a car carrying on off duty Houston police officer. According to Channel 13’s story, two people were treated for minor injuries at the scene and the police officer wasn’t hurt. Hopefully the driver of the minivan has plenty of insurance, it sounds like this accident totaled a couple of vehicles, or at least caused them major damage.

Nissan Pathfinder driver flees scene of fatal accident at Fondren and Harwin

A 56-year old man was killed last night in a major hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Harwin Drive and Fondren Road, and police are looking for the female driver who caused the deadly crash.

Houston police say a woman was driving a newer model silver-colored Nissan Pathfinder SUV at around 2:00am last night when she ran a red light at the intersection, t-boning a red pickup truck that was waiting to make a turn on Fondren Road.  The Pathfinder was apparently speeding because the impact was sufficient to shove the red pickup truck through the intersection and flip it onto its roof.

Investigators say the woman driver briefly checked on the 56-year old man who was trapped inside the pickup truck. Instead of helping the man she had just crashed into, the woman and her male passenger fled the scene on foot.  Houston Police Department is confident however that they will be able to identify the woman who was driving the Pathfinder.  Sergeant D. Thomas with HPD told reporters that they have fingerprints lifted from the Pathfinder and also DNA from the driver and passenger side airbags which deployed in the wreck.

Emergency responders tried to save the trapped man inside the pickup truck but he had already died from his injuries.  The name of the man in the pickup truck has not yet been released.

If you have information that may help police identify the driver of the Nissan Pathfinder or her passenger, please call the HPD hit and run unit at 713 247 4065 or Houston Crime Stoppers at 713 222 TIPS.  Crash investigators believe the couple in the Nissan Pathfinder fled because they had just left a nearby club and the woman was probably driving while intoxicated. The woman is described as Hispanic and between the ages of 20 and 25.

This is an absolute disgrace: hopefully HPD will get the driver of the Pathfinder quickly identified and in custody. Our sympathies to the friends and family of the victim in the red pickup truck.

Channel 11’s report is here. Channel 13’s report is here. FOX News’ report can be read here. Channel 2’s coverage of the hit-and-run is here.

Suspected drunk driver kills 4-year old boy, critically injures 3-year old in crash on Harwin

Houston has another horrific example of the tragedy that can come from drunk driving. A suspected drunk driver lost control of his vehicle last night, crashing into an killing a four-year old little boy and critically injuring his 3-year old brother. The accident happened around 11:00pm on March 17 at Harwin and Parkfront. The 4-year old died at the scene and the 3-year old was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital with burns on 40% of his body; he may be transported to Shriner’s Hospital.
Police say the two brothers were sitting on the porch with their dad who was grilling. The suspected drunk driver was heading westbound on Harwin when he lost control. The car missed a tree, metal staircase and pillar prior to crashing into the boys. The suspected drunk driver was not hurt in the collision and is in custody with charges pending.
God bless the two little boys and their family.
Update: The suspected drunk driver has been identified as Luis Hector Lopez. Lopez has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and is being held without bond. A Channel 2 News story shows a picture of Luis Hector Lopez’ silver-colored Ford Crown Victoria embedded in the front porch of the apartment at 10200 Harwin.

Hector Luis Lopez has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after crashing his Ford Crown Victoria into an apartment porch, killing a 4-year old boy and seriously injuring a 3-year old.