Woman found dead outside northeast Houston home after storm


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on May 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 27 at 5:41 PM

HOUSTON — A woman was killed in her front yard Tuesday morning during severe weather, but it’s not clear if a falling tree branch, or live power lines are to blame.

A neighbor found Kathy Bottera’s body among fallen tree branches and a knocked down power line around 7 a.m. in the 11000 block of Pandora.  

Investigators said the victim’s body was in the driveway for an hour before any adults realized what happened.

George San Miguel, the victim’s next-door neighbor, said his wife told him to help.

“She was telling me to give CPR, (I said) I can’t there’s a power line, it’s touching the water,” he said. “I already knew she wasn’t with us.”

Bottera was attempting to take her 7-year-old stepson to school before she was killed.

A bus driver saw the stunned child wandering in the street and picked him up, but paramedics later picked up the child from the school. The child was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital for observation.

Matt Hodge, a family member, said they could have lost two family members from the power line.

“Because this child has no idea of his surroundings, and hazards associated with those surrounding, while he’s trying to wake up his mother,” Hodge said.

The woman’s husband had already left for work when the tree branch fell.