HOUSTON — A woman and a young boy were killed in a crash Wednesday afternoon in northeast Houston.
Houston police said the 25-year-old woman and a 3-year-old boy died after their car was hit by an 18-wheeler at the intersection of Lee Road and the Beltway. The driver of the Buick was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Investigators are working to determine if the driver was intoxicated and said an investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed as of Wednesday afternoon.
Police said their preliminary investigation shows the 18-wheeler, which was traveling on the feeder road, had a green light when the Buick ran a red light. It then crashed into two cars parked in a nearby gas station.
Early indications appear the 18-wheeler was speeding, police said.
Sean Teare, chief of the Harris County District Attorney Vehicular Crimes Unit, stressed the importance of adhering to traffic signals and properly restraining children in car or booster seats.
“The message is: Properly secure children, follow traffic safety control devices, and don’t drink and drive,” Teare said.
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