Woman, 19, fatally struck by car while crossing the street in southeast Houston, HPD says – Houston Chronicle

Houston police investigate a fatal auto-pedestrian crash in South Park which left one person dead on April 16, 2022.
A woman was fatally struck Saturday by a car in southeast Houston, according to Houston police.
Officers responded to reports of the crash around 11:52 a.m. at the 8500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in the South Park neighborhood where the woman, 19, died at the scene, HPD said.
Witnesses told investigators the victim and a 16-year-old girl were leaving a nail salon and attempting to cross the street when a four-door black sedan traveling northbound struck the woman before hitting a light pole and METRO bus stop, police added.
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“The vehicle did catch on fire and in that vehicle there was a 20-year-old female and a 2-year-old baby,” HPD Lt. Carlos Miller said, adding the driver of the sedan was transferred to Ben Taub Hospital and the child was taken to Texas Children with both undergoing medical evaluations.
“They are both doing OK with superficial injuries at this time,” Miller said.
It is unclear if speed, intoxication or impairment were factors in the incident, Miller added. Investigators are canvassing the area for video surveillance to determine what led up to the crash.
Both the HPD vehicular crimes division and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office were at the scene assisting in the investigation, authorities said.
No other information is available at this time.
This scene is breaking and updates may be added.
 
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