Father Dies Following Collision
Due to an apparent tragic overreaction, a 46-year-old Houston father of two children is dead following a collision and some very strange events which followed. According to HPD officers on the scene, at about 9:30 pm on Tuesday, September 25th, the man was driving his BMW sedan westbound on Wallisville Road in northeast Houston when he struck a tractor-trailer in the intersection at Hwy 90. Right after the crash, he looked at his two children, a 5-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, who were passengers, and seeing lots of blood he assumed he had killed them and panicked. Hysterical, he jumped out of his wrecked vehicle and, leaving his injured children, fled into the traffic lanes of the 11400 block of Hwy 90 where he was almost immediately hit in quick succession by a Nissan Altima and then by a GMC Terrain, the latter collision killing him instantly. The drivers of both vehicles remained at the scene, were interviewed by police and released without charges. The little girl was severely injured and was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. She has already undergone two surgeries, but is expected to survive. Her older brother was also slightly injured and was also taken to the hospital for examination. The big rig’s driver was unhurt. Neither child was in a booster seat at the time of the crash. According to the deceased father’s brother, he was a very loving father and he speculates that the mere thought of having killed one or both of his kids was simply more than he could emotionally bear.
That this father made a serious mistake in not having his small children better secured in his car and that because of that and because they were badly hurt he was hysterical is understandable. But, that he died because he was wrong about what happened is all the more terrible. No matter how awful something seems as it occurs, until the dust settles, virtually any judgments or assumptions about it are likely to be wrong. If you are ever involved in a collision in which a loved one is injured, please stay calm and take a few minutes to assess the situation and then react as logically and as intelligently as circumstances will permit. And, no matter what, never run away.