HOUSTON — It was a dangerous night on Houston roadways after authorities responded to at least five deadly crash scenes across the area.
In total, officials said six lives were lost in these separate incidents. In many of the cases, investigators identified speeding as a factor. Intoxication charges have been filed against at least two drivers.
"Unfortunately, a lot of people are driving faster than the speed limit. We've been having a lot of crashes lately, it's Thanksgiving weekend. It's a holiday weekend. Lots of people out on the road, you just got to be careful," Houston Police Sgt. David Rose said at the scene of one of the incidents.
HPD: Witnesses try to save driver killed in fiery crash on Eastex Freeway
This crash happened about 3:30 a.m. Sunday on the Eastex Freeway near the Humble area.
Rose said witnesses tried to rescue a driver from a burning Toyota Camry that crashed while trying to exit at Rankin Road. There are reports the driver was going above the speed limit in rainy weather conditions.
Investigators believe the victim lost control while getting off the freeway. They reportedly hit an exit sign and a guard rail before crashing into a light pole, causing the vehicle to burst into flames.
Humble firefighters were able to put the fire out, but the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators are still trying to identify the victim whose gender, age and other features are not known.
HCSO: 16-year-old girl killed in crash involving underaged, drunk driving suspect on Bellaire Boulevard
Harris County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 16-year-old girl who died at the hospital from injuries she sustained in a crash.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said intoxication manslaughter charges had been filed against the 19-year-old driver who was hospitalized with a broken arm.
HCSO tweeted about 4:15 a.m. that deputies were responding to a crash in the 15700 block of Bellaire Boulevard near Addicks Clodine Road.
According to investigators, neither teen was wearing a seatbelt when the vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a tree.
Officers said the girl, who was in the passenger seat, was rushed to the hospital with major injuries.The driver was also hospitalized.
Gonzalez said the suspect showed signs of intoxication.
HPD: Driver killed, another injured during intersection collision on Hughes Road
Meanwhile, HPD investigators are looking into a deadly crash that was reported just after 1 a.m. Sunday on Hughes Road near Sagepark Lane.
HPD Sgt. Michael Hroch said the driver of a Honda Civic was headed southbound on Hughes at a high rate of speed when a Saturn failed to yield at a stop sign on Sagepark. They say the Civic crashed into the Saturn and the Honda driver died at the scene.
The 33-year-old driver of the Saturn was taken to an area hospital in stable condition.
HPD: Teen with gunshot wound found dead in crashed car on Westpark
Late Saturday night, Houston police responded to a motor vehicle crash just before 11 p.m. on Westpark Drive near Wilcrest.
Sgt. Hroch said when investigators arrived at the scene, they discovered the driver had a gunshot wound to the chest Homicide detectives were called to the scene.
Police later said the victim was 16 and they believe he was shot outside the car.
They said he had crashed into a two parked vehicles at an apartment complex parking lot.
The motive for the shooting and other details, including the victim's name, have not been released.
HCSO: Driver T-bones vehicle on Veterans Memorial Drive, killing two people
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed his department is investigating a crash late Saturday night that left two people dead and a third person facing possible DWI charges.
The call came in about 10:50 p.m. from the 10040 block of Veterans Memorial Drive at Moorebrook Drive.
HCSO Sgt. B. Beaty said a black truck was speeding in the northbound lanes of Veterans Memorial Drive when he T-boned a second pickup truck that had turned into the intersection.
The impact pushed both vehicles into a ditch on the east side of the roadway, according to deputies.
Gonzalez identified the victims as a 62-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman who were riding together. Investigators said the man, who was driving, died at the scene. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she later passed away.
Beaty reported the driver of the black truck was taken to Ben Taub Hospital in critical condition. He added that he showed signs of intoxication at the scene.
Woman killed in crash on Main Street
A 45-year-old woman was killed when a pickup crashed into her at 15000 Main Street just before 2 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27.
The victim was driving a Ford Explorer that was either stopped or traveling at a low rate of speed when a Ford F-150 slammed into her from behind.
A 48-year-old female passenger of the Explorer was transported to a hospital in stable condition.
Police said the 47-year-old man driving the pickup was also taken to an area hospital with a leg injury.
No charges have been filed at this time. The investigation is continuing.