SUV on Freeway Feeder Hits House
At about 10:00 pm on Saturday, April 16th, a Chevy Yukon SUV traveling southbound on the Highway 59 feeder lost control and careening into the front of a house right near the Tours Street intersection. The family who lives in the house was home and the father was at his computer in a guest bedroom when he heard a loud boom right next to him. He jumped up and ran into the next bedroom where his 12-year-ols daughter had been sleeping, but was now sitting up in bed, terrified and crying. Incredibly, neither of them was physically injured, considering that the SUV was smashed up and there was a large hole in the house’s front wall. The owner went outside to check around and found the uninjured adult male driver of the SUV passed out right by his front door, with a beer can right beside him. HPD officers arrived shortly later and took the unconscious driver to the hospital for a blood test and then to jail, where he remains, in lieu of bond, facing criminal charges.
The family is particularly concerned because the house was hit in a very similar incident in 2009. It is right off the freeway and a prior owner declined the construction of a concrete barrier so the house is now exposed. The resident has contacted TxDOT and requested one, but that seems to be on hold. A local TV station’s investigative crew is following up, so maybe the request will now get some attention.
If you live in such a precarious place and the authorities are willing to assist you, that’s great. But, if not, please don’t be reluctant to exercise some self-help by building your own wall or at the very least having some large decorative rocks placed in your front yard. And, as always, if you or a loved one is ever injured by a drunk driver, please consider calling us. We have dealt with such irresponsible folks for a very long time and we are really good at holding them fully accountable for the harm they cause.