HOUSTON --Police say a driver was killed after she was pinned between her car and an entry gate in a parking lot of the Texas Medical Center. The incident happened at around 9am Monday. Police say the victim was driving a white Cadillac Escalade in the parking lot of the Nabisco building located at 2450 Holcombe when she exited her vehicle to scan her entry card and raise the gate. The victim did not put her vehicle in park and the Cadillac rolled forward. The woman attempted to get back into her vehicle, but she was pinned between it and a pole near the gate. The female victim was pronounced dead at the scene. We're told the building is the John P. McGovern campus which houses around 2,000 employees from the member institutions of the Texas Medical Center including MD Anderson and Baylor College of Medicine. Paul Klotman, M.D., President of Baylor College of Medicine, sent out a letter to the Baylor community on Monday:
- Dear Members of the Baylor College of Medicine Community, It is with profound sadness that I advise you of the tragic death this morning of Deanne Erdmann, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Educational Outreach, in an accident while she was exiting the parking area of the McGovern Campus. A retired biology teacher, Mrs. Erdmann was the Managing Editor of BioEd Online, the Baylor online educational resource for educators, students, and parents. She had an extraordinary gift for communicating biology and life sciences to middle school and high schools teachers and students. Mrs. Erdmann taught at Clear Lake High School where she served as the science department chair until 1999. She mentored new teachers and served as a faculty advisor and mentor for student science teams for a variety of competitions. After retiring from the Katy Independent School District in 2002, she joined Baylor as a Senior Project Manager for the Center for Educational Outreach. Mrs. Erdmann will be deeply missed by all those she impacted. On behalf of the Baylor College of Medicine family, we offer our deepest sympathy to her husband and family and to her Center for Educational Outreach colleagues.