Woman Killed in Houston, TX Pedestrian Accident on Katy Freeway
Houston, TX -- November 30, 2019, a woman sustained fatal injuries due to an accident where a vehicle struck her along the Katy Freeway.
Investigators with the Houston Police Department reported that the accident happened at around 2:00 a.m. in the Energy Corridor area.
According to police, a woman attempted to cross the Katy Freeway on foot. While doing so, a passing driver did not see the woman in time, striking her in the roadway.
In their reports, officials said that the woman died at the scene of the accident. The driver remained at the scene and appears not to be at fault, police say.
At this time, additional details are unavailable.
When you look at the comments section of a news report on an accident like this, there are usually no shortage of comments along the lines of, "Why in the world did this person try to cross a busy highway so early in the morning?" Well, there are a lot of explanations, and I won't speculate on what the reason was with this particular incident. One possibility that may slip under the radar, however, is alcohol. In fact, I bring this up because it's possible that someone is responsible for this woman's death.
I litigated a case recently that was very similar to this initially. Reports said a man walked up a freeway ramp, got hit by a car, and died as a result. The family wasn't sure why their loved one would have done that, so they brought us on to investigate the events leading up to the accident. As it so happened, he was highly intoxicated at the time. Prior to the incident, he had been drinking at a bowling alley with friends. Fortunately, he decided he was too drunk to driver and decided to walk. Unfortunately, he was drunk enough that he became disoriented and wandered onto a freeway.
Through our investigations, we found extensive evidence showing that the bowling alley broke the law and over-served the victim. According to Texas Dram Shop Law, that's illegal, and we successfully litigated a Dram Shop claim on behalf of the victim's loved ones.
Again, I'm not saying the same thing happened here, but it's a possibility that rarely crossed the police department's radar. Considering someone lost their life here, it's important that unusual factors like this get attention.
--Grossman Law Offices