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Fatal car accident near Katy Mills Mall on I-10

Westbound Interstate 10 near Katy Mills Mall was closed yesterday afternoon for a fatal car accident involving two vehicles. One vehicle was burned in the accident, a second vehicle came to rest on its side in the travel lanes of the freeway.

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Blaine Boudreaux charged after fatal car accident involving 6-year old boy

34-year old Blaine T. Boudreaux has been charged with intoxication manslaughter, Channel 2 is reporting, after Boudreaux was involved in a two vehicle accident that claimed the life of a six-year old boy. Boudreaux was reportedly traveling northbound on Lockwood in Houston around 6:10 p.m. Sunday evening when he allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of the East Freeway feeder. Boudreaux’s black-colored Dodge Ram pickup truck hit a black Honda Civic. The 6-year old boy, riding as a passenger in the Honda, was transported to Texas Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Online resources indicate Boudreaux is an assistant manager at a Walgreen’s in Katy, Texas.

Channel 11 News report.

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The Honda Civic carrying the 6-year old boy

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Blaine Boudreaux’s Dodge Ram pickup truck

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Man changing tire on I-10 in Mont Belvieu killed in car accident

A fatal crash occurred this morning on Interstate 10 in Mont Belvieu involving three vehicles. A vehicle was broken down with a flat tire on the shoulder on I-10 near Needlepoint Road. A pickup truck pulled over in front of the broken-down vehicle to help change the tire. As a passenger from the pickup truck was helping change the tire, a Dodge Charger traveling on I-10 veered onto the shoulder and struck the stopped vehicles. The passenger helping change the tired was killed and another involved person was transported by life flight.

Channel 2’s story.

Interstate 10 and Gessner crash kills two

A two-vehicle collision at 3:15 this morning has left two people dead and one injured. Houston police told Channel 2 News that a Buick was heading westbound on the Interstate 10 feeder road, and a Ford Focus was heading northbound on Gessner. It appears one of the vehicles ran a red light causing the collision. A male and female in the Ford Focus died at the scene, and a female in the Buick was transported to hospital. The police investigation will likely include trying to determine whether drunk driving was a factor, as it often is with late night/early morning accidents. Channel 2’s reporter said there was an odor of alcohol from the Ford Focus, and open containers inside the vehicle.

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The Buick

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The Ford Focus


Dodge Challenger driver kills motorcyclist in hit and run accident

Police are searching for the driver of a black Dodge Challenger who was involved in a fatal crash with a  motorcycle early Sunday morning and then fled the scene on foot. Channel 2 News Houston reports that the Challenger was speeding westbound on Interstate 10 around 12:45 a.m. near the Uvalde Road exit. The Challenger made a sudden lane change maneuver, switching two lanes over and hitting the back of the motorcycle. The 22-year old man on the motorcycle was killed in the crash; another motorcyclist riding with the victim remained with him at the scene waiting for police to arrive. Witnesses say the driver of the Challenger traveled about another two miles then parked the vehicle, jumped out and ran away.

This is not to say this is what happened in this particular case, but police officers will tell you that often drunk drivers flee the scene of a serious or fatal accident to avoid more serious charges. If they cannot be located quickly enough for a blood draw, there will not be evidence they were legally intoxicated at the time of the crash. That in turns means they cannot be charged with DWI, or something more serious like intoxication assault or intoxication manslaughter.

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Police are looking for the driver of this Dodge Challenger

SUV driver pins men on I-10, charged with intoxication assault

The driver of a Toyota SUV has been charged with intoxication assault after a collision on Interstate 10 near Eldridge last night. At around 9:30 p.m. two men were standing between two vehicles stopped on the side of the road; the driver of an older model Chevy Camaro was experiencing car trouble, and a friend he called for assistance arrived in a sedan and parked behind the Camaro. As the men stood roadside, the Toyota SUV veered off the road, pinning the men between the sedan and the back of the Camaro. Both men were rushed to hospital with serious leg injuries. Channel 13’s story is here.

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Toyota passengers killed in collision with 18 wheeler on I-10 near Beaumont

A 24-year old woman from Austin and a 57-year old man from San Antonio were killed this morning in a crash on Interstate 10 westbound near Beaumont.  At around 4:30 a.m. a 2013 Toyota sedan crashed into the rear of an 18-wheeler that was carrying concrete powder.  The man and the woman who died were passengers riding in the Toyota according to Channel 11; the driver of the Toyota was transported to Christus St. Elizabeth hospital to undergo surgery. Names have not been released, but the driver is reported to be a 21-year old man from San Antonio; Troopers think the Toyota driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel.  The 57-year old driver of the 18-wheeler was under observation at the hospital: he is from the Houston area. An investigation of the accident is ongoing.

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18-wheeler accident on I-10 East, woman rescued by bystanders

Investigators say a 26-year old woman was speeding down Interstate 10 East around 3:30 a.m. Saturday near Magnolia when she crashed into another car. The car that was struck ended up coming to rest against the concrete center divider and the speeding car came to a stop in the middle of the freeway. An approaching 18-wheeler couldn’t stop in time and struck the woman’s car causing it to burst into flames. Some witnesses rushed to the woman’s rescue to attempt to remove her from the vehicle, including Calvin Rutledge. The woman was rushed to hospital in critical condition with burns on 15% of her body. The freeway was shut down for a couple of hours. Channel 2’s story is here.

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Bystanders rescued a woman from her burning vehicle

Woman ejected after accident with 18-wheeler on Interstate 10 westbound

An 18-wheeler accident shut down westbound I-10 around 3:40 a.m. this morning after a big rig crashed into a passenger vehicle sending the injured driver to Memorial Hermann in the Medical Center by LifeFlight helicopter. Details of the woman’s injuries were not in the Houston Chronicle’s article. All westbound lanes were temporarily closed as workers cleared the accident scene. The cause of the crash is being investigated. What appears to be a reference to the same accident on Channel 11’s web site says a total of three vehicles were involved. A story on Channel 13’s web site (it seems to be about the same accident) says a woman in her 20’s may have made contact with an 18-wheeler, causing her car to go out of control and strike a barrier: the collision with the barrier was apparently severe because even though she was properly belted, the seat belt failed and the woman was ejected. The story says the woman’s injuries include a broken leg and injuries to her chest.
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Funeral today for victims of Interstate 10 Thanksgiving Day pileup

According to an online obituary, the funeral is to be held today for Mr. Vincent Leggio, a victim of the tragic Thanksgiving Day pileup accident that involved 130 to 140 vehicles and sent between 80 and 90 people to the hospital to be treated for injuries.  Mr. Leggio and his wife Debbie Leggio were killed while traveling on Interstate 10 East toward Beaumont when their Chevrolet Suburban was struck from behind by an 18-wheeler. It is believed fog on the roadway impaired visibility and contributed to some of the collisions that day. Mr. Leggio ran Vinco Electric, Inc. with his son Richard Leggio, and the Leggios were well known and well liked in their Pearland community. The funeral mass will be held at St. Helen Catholic Church, followed by interment in the Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. The Leggio family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, supporting wounded military veterans:

Vincent Leggio: 09-20-1948 to 11-22-2012