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Two killed in car accident on Highway 288 involving Nissan Rogue

A single vehicle accident at around 4:00 this morning leaves a driver and passenger dead and sent two others to the emergency room. According to a story on Channel 2’s web site, four women occupying a Nissan Rogue SUV were in an argument. A witness said the driver stopped a couple of times on the shoulder of the freeway, then would drive off erratically. That came to an end when the driver went off the road and up an embankment causing the SUV to roll and strike a concrete pillar supporting the Holly Hall overpass. Investigators will try to determine if drunk driving was a factor in the accident.

Hope “Anna” Vu remembered after fatal hit and run accident

Family gathered recently to celebrate the life of 62-year old Hope “Anna” Vu, who died in a multi-vehicle crash on Tuesday evening. The driver of a white Mazda, pictured below, was weaving in and out of traffic at high speed on Highway 288 before he crashed into the rear of a black Acura sedan driven by Hope’s son. The Acura was then pushed into two other vehicles, including a red Volkswagen car. Hope was riding in the back seat of the Acura; Hope’s son was treated and released at Ben Taub Hospital but the son’s fiancee remained hospitalized with internal injuries.

The driver of the white Mazda, described as a Hispanic male around 20-years old wearing a red shirt and red jacket, jumped out of the wrecked vehicle and fled the scene. Despite searching with K-9s and a helicopter, the police were unable to track the driver down, including at the Pearland address of the registered owner of the vehicle. Call 713-222-TIPS if you have any information on the driver’s whereabouts.

You can tell from Channel 2’s interview that Hope was very close with her family and will be missed. Hope survived the Vietnam War and was brought to the United States by her family in the 90’s.

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The hit-and-run driver’s white Mazda

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The black Acura Hope Vu was riding in is pictured to the right

Brian Iwuh’s Range Rover crashes into HFD fire truck on 288 injuring fireman

A fire truck was stopped on Highway 288 this morning with light and sirens operating when a black Ranger Rover rear-ended the fire truck, injuring a Houston Fire Department firefighter. The fire truck was stopped to assist a motorist who vehicle was disabled. Channel 2 News Houston reported on the accident, and while the driver of the Range Rover was not identified by law enforcement, Channel 2 ran the license plate on the Range Rover and learned it is registered to 29-year old former NFL player Brian Iwuh. Iwuh, who was born in Houston, played for the University of Colorado, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Chicago Bears and the Denver Broncos. Houston Police Department spokesperson J.R. Roberts told Channel 2 that the DWI task force was at the hospital with the driver of the Range Rover and will make a determination whether a case needs to be referred to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. The firefighter who was hurt in the accident is expected to recover well.  According to Channel 2’s story, family members of the driver showed up at the accident scene and were drinking beer. The driver of the Range Rover has not yet been identified, but it was reported he was not wearing a seat belt.

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Photo credit: Channel 2 News

Photo credit: Channel 2 News Houston

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Driver killed in crash on Highway 288 at MacGregor

A driver was killed in a car accident at Highway 288 and MacGregor last night, though media accounts of how and why the accident differ. Channel 11’s report states that the driver of a dark blue compact sedan was”recklessly racing up an embankment” at the time of the crash, along with another driver in a white-colored car. One driver lost control and struck a support column of the freeway underpass: that driver then struck the other vehicle. Both drivers were taken to Ben Taub hospital where one died. Channel 13’s story on the other hand states the accident happened when the driver of the blue car was about to exit when he changed his mind at the last second, but lost control and struck a wall, causing the car to catch fire.

Wrecker driver injured in accident on Highway 288 with HPD officer

A HPD patrol officer was involved in a collision with a wrecker truck driver at Highway 288 and Old Spanish Trail. The officer and the wrecker driver were both injured. The officer had pulled over on Highway 288 to help search for a prisoner, and when the officer got back in her police cruiser and tried to merge onto the roadway her clipboard got stuck in the steering wheel and she ran into an unattended wrecker truck. The wrecker truck was then pushed forward into the wrecker driver who was standing nearby. KHOU’s story is here. Channel 2’s story is here, and reports the scene of the accident as Highway 288 and Yellowstone.
Under the Texas Tort Claims Act (TTCA), there are limits placed on the amount of financial liability of a unit of government for death or injury caused to another person. Depending on the type of governmental unit, the maximum damages that may be recovered in a claim for personal injury or death may be either $100,000 or $250,000. In March 2009 a lady named Leigh Boone was involved in an intersection collision between two City of Houston fire trucks in the Montrose area. Ms. Boone was standing at the corner of the intersection with her bicycle when one of the crashed fire trucks rolled onto her. She died after spending two weeks in the hospital. The City of Houston settled with Ms. Boone’s family members for $225,000, just under the $250,000 maximum damages that can be recovered from a municipality under the TTCA.