Posts Tagged ‘Pontiac’

Fatal crash on Hiram Clarke involving suspected drunk driver

One driver is dead and another is possibly facing failure to stop and render aid and intoxication manslaughter charges after a crash on Hiram Clarke near Orem at 2:00 this morning. KHOU reports that a gray-colored Infiniti was traveling around 80 MPH southbound on Hiram Clarke when it rear-ended a white-colored Pontiac Sunfire that may have been turning at the time. The Pontiac was struck so hard that the driver was thrown out of the vehicle through the rear window. The Infiniti traveled about a block before coming to a stop due to mechanical failure.

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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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Highway 90 accident ejects, kills 10-year old boy

A 10-year old boy was tragically killed in an intersection car accident on Highway 90 near Uvalde Road in the Channelview area. Harris County Sheriff’s Office told Channel 2 that the boy, Carmelo Cornejo, was traveling with his mother Maria Cornejo in her Pontiac, when the Pontiac allegedly ran a red light and struck a Toyota Scion. Carmelo was riding the back seat of the Pontiac: he was ejected in the crash and died at the scene. Maria Cornejo was taken to Memorial Hermann via Life Flight helicopter in critical condition. The driver of the Scion and a 3-year old child riding as passenger were taken to LBJ Hospital: that child was properly restrained in a car seat and is expected to be okay, despite it being a serious collision. Family members say Maria Cornejo was driving Carmelo back from the doctor’s appointment, and that the boy had a heart condition. It will be up to the District Attorney’s Office to decide whether any charges will be filed, since Corenjo allegedly ran the red light.
Texas Transportation Code Sec. 545.412 requires any child under 8-years old ride in a passenger vehicle in a child passenger safety seat system, unless the child is taller than 4 feet 9″. Texas Transportation Code Sec. 545.413 makes it an offense to allow a child under the age of 17 (not required to be a child passenger safety seat system) to ride in a vehicle without requiring them to be secured with a safety belt.
What happened to Carmelo is a tragic accident that, of course, nobody intended. It underscores the importance of safety belts and safety seats for children, because you cannot predict when a serious car accident will happen. And because children are smaller than adults, in a serious accident if they are not restrained there is greater potential they could be ejected through an open or broken window.
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Another deadly wrong-way accident on I-45 claims 3 lives

Within a matter of a few days of a June 29 deadly wrong-way crash on the North Freeway (I-45) that claimed 2 lives, another deadly wrong-way accident on Interstate 45 has occurred. The second accident also appears to involve drunk driving. A Houston Chronicle story has identified the wrong-way driver as Edward Blackwell, 43, of Montgomery, Texas.

The accident happened around 1:30am today, Sunday July 1, 2012. State Troopers told Channel 13 that a white-colored Chevrolet Malibu sedan was spotted swerving on southbound I-45. The driver of the white Malibu, Edward Blackwell,  then entered the exit ramp at The Woodlands Parkway, driving the wrong way. Seconds later the Malibu crashed head-on into another vehicle, a gold-colored Pontiac, with two occupants. Troopers say Blackwell was speeding at the time of the crash. DPS Trooper Erik Burse said there did not appear to be any problems with road marking or signage that would cause a driver to turn around and drive the wrong way.
Blackwell survived the accident and was taken by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital where officials say he was determined to have an elevated alcohol level. The three victims killed in the accident were pronounced dead at the scene. Blackwell is 43-years old and his deceased passenger was 47. The two passengers in the other car that were killed were only 25 and 27-years old. One of the occupants in Pontiac killed in the accident has been identified by the Montgomery County Police Reporter as 27-year old Dominique Hobbs of Grand Prairie, Texas.

Wrong-way driver Edward Blackwell's Chevy Malibu

The gold Pontiac sedan struck head-on by Blackwell's Chevy Malibu

Both occupants of the Pontiac were killed in the collision

This is the second deadly wrong-way accident on I-45 in less than a week