HOUSTON – Witnesses say a woman killed Friday night in a three-vehicle wreck at a northwest Harris County intersection had run a red light, deputies said.
It happened at about 8:45 p.m. on 10900 Bammel North Houston Road at the intersection of the North Sam Houston Parkway West service road.
Witnesses told Harris County Sheriff’s Office investigators that a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and a Hyundai Genesis took off at a “high rate of speed” simultaneously, as if they were racing, when the light turned green in the southbound lanes At the same time, witnesses said Lavada Gilder, who was driving a green Mitsubishi Mirage, failed to stop at the red signal light in the eastbound lanes of the North Sam Houston Parkway service road.
Deputies said the front end of the pickup truck hit the driver’s side of Gilder’s vehicle in the intersection. Both vehicles spun. Gilder’s vehicle rotated clockwise and came to a stop facing the southeast in the middle of the northbound lanes of Bammel North Houston Road, south of the intersection, investigators said.
A man driving a Buick Lacrosse northbound on Bammel North Houston Road hit the rear driver’s side of Gilder’s vehicle as it spun from the impact of the pickup truck.
Gilder was pronounced dead at the scene, deputies said. Her husband, Leroy York, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in serious but stable condition.
The 17-year-old male driver of the pickup was transported to Houston Northwest Medical Center with minor injuries.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Division is still investigating the fatal wreck.