• January 19, 2023

Pedestrian Killed by HPD Vehicle on Southwest Fwy Service Road in Houston, TX

Houston, TX — January 17, 2023, a female pedestrian was struck and fatally injured by an HPD patrol vehicle on the Southwest Freeway service road in Houston.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:20 a.m. on the 11000 block of the freeway service road. Preliminary investigation suggests two Houston police officers were traveling to a call, heading north on the service road in a marked patrol unit, when the victim allegedly stepped into the road ahead of them. The vehicle struck the pedestrian in the roadway; she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

It's tough to read about an accident like this that ended someone's life, but the vagaries of early reports make things far worse. Suggesting a pedestrian entered the path of a moving vehicle without the necessary context of how or why leaves things wide open for people to jump to conclusions, but that inevitably does more harm than good.

Right now the victim's family no doubt has urgent questions about how they lost a loved one. For their sake, it's best to avoid any speculation and instead be sure only facts and evidence ultimately tell the story. I just hope authorities will get some satisfactory answers for the people who need and deserve them.

Pedestrian Killed by HPD Vehicle on Southwest Fwy Service Road in Houston, TX
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