Infant Dies in Houston Fatal 18 Wheeler AccidentAugust 4, 2015
A nine-month-old baby boy was killed in a Houston fatal 18 wheeler accident Monday afternoon when a sport utility vehicle struck a tractor trailer. The Houston fatal 18 wheeler accident occurred near Tomball, a suburb north of the city. The infant’s mother and three-year-old brother were transported to a local hospital. Local news reports quote hospital sources as listing them in stable condition. Law enforcement officials are investigating the cause of the crash.
Details of the Houston Fatal 18 Wheeler Accident
The Houston fatal 18 wheeler accident happened on Highway 249 between Tomball and Pinehurst, about 30 minutes northwest of downtown Houston. The 18 wheeler was reportedly parked in the far right lane with its blinkers on. Police reports stated that the truck driver, 44-year-old Ruben Jimenez, was making a delivery to a nearby business. The other driver, Ms. Carter McIntosh, struck the back of the tractor trailer with her Hyundai SUV. Officers blocked the freeway for more than an hour while investigating the Houston fatal 18 wheeler accident.
Charges Pending in Houston Fatal 18 Wheeler Accident
The conditions that led to the Houston fatal 18 wheeler accident could also lead to the driver facing serious charges. Texas law prohibits vehicles from stopping in traffic, even if the driver has turned on the emergency blinkers. Drivers must steer their vehicle off the active lanes unless a mechanical breakdown has occurred. Sgt. Terry Barnhill with the Texas Department of Public Safety told reporters that his office will pursue the highest possible criminal charges against Mr. Jimenez for his role in the Houston fatal 18 wheeler accident.
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