One Killed, One Injured in Crash after Police Chase on Hempstead Rd in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- April 15, 2022, one person was killed and another was injured as a driver attempted to flee police on Hempstead Road in Houston.
Authorities say the incident began Friday afternoon when HPD responded to reports of a possible street takeover near an HEB on Kempwood Drive. Police spotted 21-year-old Damian West in a group at the potential takeover site but he reportedly fled the scene, leading police on a high-speed chase. On Hempstead Road near West Little York he allegedly ran a red light, hit a car, and triggered a chain-reaction crash of several nearby vehicles. A total of five vehicles were ultimately involved.
One person was killed in the chain-reaction wreck. A passenger from the same vehicle suffered critical injuries and was transported to an area hospital.
West was arrested on a murder charge after the accident.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Police Chase Accident on Hempstead Road in Houston
Given what early reports have to say about this incident some folks are probably ready to jump to conclusions without waiting for more facts. I don't particularly doubt what the news said about it, but it's still important to take preliminary reports with a grain or two of salt. Even if there was a police chase involved here, it's important to consider the broader context of the crash to be sure it's totally understood.
As serious as the allegations are here, it's still possible this was all just a big misunderstanding or was due to something unusual no one could predict just from the details in early news reports. It's also possible that mistakes the driver may have made were not his alone. For example, driving under the influence can contribute to serious wrecks like this. That could then mean investigators should find out where the suspect's alcohol came from since that business could be liable for over-serving the driver and contributing to the crash. If that's the case, that business would then have a legal duty to make what amends it could to the victims and their families.
I'm not saying I know for a fact that alcohol was an issue here. It's just important before any conclusions are reached that police carefully investigate all the possible explanations for what occurred here. If there are other steps to take, knowing that would largely depend on what is learned. Will authorities give the accident the thorough attention it deserves?