Roadway Crash Kills 1, Injures 1
At about 6:30 am on Friday, August 10th, a homeless man crossing westbound FM 1960 near the North Freeway was struck by a pickup and killed. A car following the pickup could not avoid it and rear-ended it after the first collision. The driver of that vehicle was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. The pickup’s driver was not hurt in either crash. According to Harris County Sheriff’s deputies on the scene, both drivers were cooperative and neither appeared to have violated any traffic laws. The deceased victim was not crossing the roadway in a designated crosswalk and no citations were issued and no criminal charges are expected. FM 1960 westbound was closed to allow for removal of the victim, clearing of wreckage and an on-site investigation to be completed, but has since reopened.
As I have said many times, crossing a Houston area roadway in a non-designated area is exceedingly risky and, if you are struck while doing so, your remedies are close to zero unless the driver who hits you was doing something seriously wrong. Also, when you rear-end another vehicle you will be battling your presumed fault because of the duty of all Texas drivers to keep a proper lookout and control their speed and distance between vehicles. Nevertheless, if you or a loved one is ever injured in an incident like this one, please consider calling us. We have dealt with such situations for a very long time and we will assist you in exploring all the facts to make sure responsibility is apportioned fairly and justly.