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Dodge Charger hits SUV on Hiram Clarke Road in Houston

A violent car accident at 9:30 last night sent five people to hospital. Police say a Dodge Charger was speeding when it t-boned a red-colored Ford SUV on the passenger side. The crash happened at the intersection of Hiram Clarke Road and Brentwood Park Drive in Houston. The front passenger in the SUV was transported in critical condition, other occupants were transported with less life-threatening injuries. Police will attempt to determine whether alcohol was a factor in the accident (as is frequently the case with major accidents on the weekend evenings).

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SUV crashes into DiMassi’s restaurant on Kirby injuring ten people

A black SUV crashed through DiMassi’s Mediterranean Restaurant on Kirby Drive just before 2:00 p.m. yesterday injuring ten people and sending four of them to the hospital. Police spoke with the driver of the SUV, who was uninjured in the accident. It appears she hit the gas instead of the brake. The injured people will no doubt look to the insurer of the SUV to cover their medical bills, however there may be a “limits issue” meaning there may not be enough insurance coverage on the SUV’s policy to pay all of the injury claims. People are often surprised to learn that even if they were a pedestrian (and not in their own vehicle), if they have Underinsured Motorist (UIM) or Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage on their own automobile policy, they can make an injury claim with their own insurer. Trying to figure out what to do after a car accident can be tedious and frustrating, particularly if you’re injured. The Smith & Hassler law firm has represented injured people since 1989 and has four attorneys who are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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Man killed in accident involving USPS 18 wheeler

A 61-year old man driving an SUV was killed in a two-vehicle accident yesterday afternoon. According to the account witness Elizabeth Summerlin gave Channel 2 News Houston, the man’s SUV lost control after clipping the back of a United States Postal Service 18-wheeler, causing the SUV to lose control and flip onto its side. The SUV became wedged between the 18-wheeler and the concrete retaining wall, and the SUV became engulfed in flame. Good Samaritans stopped their vehicle, some using fire extinguishers, and tried to rescue the SUV driver. Unfortunately the man was unable to escape the burning SUV and he died at the scene. The crash happened on Houston’s Southwest Freeway near the Chimney Rock exit at around 3:00 p.m.

Update 1: the deceased SUV driver has been identified as Dan Winfrey. Mr. Winfrey’s sister Donna Griffin was interviewed by KHOU, stating her brother was on his way to collect his girlfriend from her workplace when the accident happened. Ms. Griffin told KHOU her brother was unfamiliar with the area and was using his cellphone to ask his girlfriend what exit he should take; reportedly Mr. Winfrey exclaimed “Oh God” and the phone went dead.

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Dump truck accident kills one on FM 529 near Fry Road

Few details are available though local news, but ABC Channel 13 Houston is reporting a fatal accident last night on FM 529 near Fry Road.  Investigators say a dump truck crashed into a small SUV, killing one occupant of the SUV.

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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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Pedestrian high school student hit by SUV on Spears-Gears Road

A Life Flight helicopter responded this morning to a pedestrian accident involving a student at David High School in Aldine Independent School District.  Channel 2’s report states the student was walking along Spears-Gears Road near Bartlett Cove when she was struck by an SUV at around 6:30 a.m.  A neighbor who did not witness the accident remained at the scene and held the girl’s hand until help arrived.  Photographs posted to KHOU’s web site show a red-colored SUV with significant front end damage. Hopefully the student is not seriously injured.

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Michoacan restaurant hit and run sends woman to hospital

According to police investigators a 51-year old woman was transported to the emergency room with a possible broken leg after a hit-and-run accident in front of the Michoacan Restaurant in the 2300 block of Wirt Road in northwest Houston.  The woman and her mother were standing on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant when a white SUV struck the woman and also crashed into the front of the building.  Per Channel 2’s news article, witnesses saw a Hispanic female climb into the driver’s seat while it was occupied by a Hispanic male, at which point it appears one of them hit the accelerator causing the SUV to shoot forward.  The SUV took off without stopping to provide information or render aid.  Hopefully there is surveillance footage available from the nearby businesses, though it will probably require someone coming forward to identify the hit-and-run driver or the SUV.

Bellfort and Scott car accident send 8 to hospital

According to a Channel 13 News report, an SUV driver who was allegedly speeding away from the scene of an accident caused a chain reaction collision that sent a total of 8 people to the hospital. One of those injured was a 10-year old. The accident happened at around 10:30pm on Bellfort at Scott Street on the west side of Houston. According to witnesses, the driver of an SUV was speeding away from a different car accident when he crashed into two cars waiting at a red light and also bumped a third vehicle. The SUV flipped over and the cars he hit were pushed into the intersection. Firefighters had to cut into the SUV to rescue the alleged hit-and-run driver. A total of 8 people were transported to the hospital, one of them in critical condition. According to police it did not appear the SUV driver was drunk or under the influence.

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