HOUSTON— Emergency crews filled an east side street Thursday afternoon after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a Houston Fire Department vehicle.
According to Houston police, a red Ford Crown Victoria, driven by a civilian HFD employee, and a white Buick LeSabre were both traveling northbound in the 300 block of Jensen around 12:45 p.m. The Buick failed to maintain a single lane of traffic and struck the Ford.
The Ford went sailing over two southbound lanes, a sidewalk and a grassy median to land in a small yard area. The out of control vehicle struck a man, who died at the scene. He had just finished eating his lunch at a nearby soup kitchen.
Many of Houston’s homeless sit on the curb outside the kitchen after lunchtime and several witnesses saw what happened.
“That red car looked like it literally flew up in the air,” one witness, John, said.
“Boom, when he hit that first curb, then he hit that second one and the guy was sitting there reading the newspaper and ‘boom’ it was too late,” said Eric Smith.
“It happened so quick. I got up and I walked and I looked, and there it was. I saw him mangled up under there,” another witness, Gerry, said.
It was an accident in the worst sense of the word, but who was at fault decided on whom you asked.
“The red car attempts to swerve. It’s actually the white car who clipped the red car and pushed it across,” said HPD spokesperson Jodi Silva. “He will probably be cited.”
Adam Andrews, the driver of the white car, insisted it was the other way around.
“You can see where he hit our tire at, so he clipped us,” Andrews said. “He clipped us. He hit us, we didn’t hit him.”
Another person who was on the sidewalk was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The HFD employee was also transported to the hospital.