HOUSTON -- A woman died when the car she was riding in slammed into the back of a fire truck in southeast Houston, police said Saturday.
According to the Houston Police Department, the car's driver and two firefighters were sent to the hospital with injuries.
The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. on the outbound lanes of the Gulf Freeway near Airport.
Police said the firefighters were working to clear a minor crash off the freeway when a speeding Dodge Challenger plowed into the back of their truck.
“During that time a Dodge Challenger traveling at a high rate of speed ends up striking the back rear of the HFD pumper truck. The driver of the Challenger was transported to Ben Taub Hospital. He is expected to survive,” said Police Sgt. Ignacio Izaguirre.
The female passenger died at the scene, police said. The car was clearly mangled from the impact.
The driver, 27-year-old Rick Goodwin, has been charged with intoxicated manslaughter. A witness said the suspect may have even been racing just before the crash.
“He observed a pick-up truck and the Dodge Challenger passing by at a high rate of speed,” said Izaguirre.
The victim was later identified as Keisha Ligon, 28.
HFD released the following statement:
“It is always a sad event when a citizen dies, but we are fortunate that E-36 was there providing protection to the accident scene. Without that protection the fatalities could have been greater. “
The injured firefighters were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in stable condition. They are expected to be OK.