It happened late Thursday afternoon on the feeder road of Highway 59 at Quitman.
It was a chase that started in Humble and ended on a feeder road in northeast Houston. Three women in one car, fleeing from Humble police in a red Dodge, took the Quitman exit, ran a red light and changed a family's life.
"This small car went across the light and plowed into the other car. I guess it looked like a high-speed chase or something like this," witness Patrick Gordon said.
A 43-year-old woman drivng the other car was killed. Her three children -- two young boys and a teen -- were hurt as well.
The suspects injured too, but police say they got out of the wrecked car and tried to run. They were all caught. They're accused of a smash-and-grab robbery at a Macy's store in Deerbrook Mall. Humble police were called and tried to stop the women but the chase was on. It reached speeds up to 70 miles an hour, and several police units were in pursuit. And that's within the department's chase policy.
"It did not appear at this moment that anything was extremely reckless about it or anything like that," Humble Police Department Sgt. Ken Theis said.
Houston police were notified of the pursuit, but by the time HPD responded, the chase had ended -- badly.
Somehow, Hector Medina heard his Chevy might have been in a wreck. He came to the scene.
"A woman and two children," we told Medina.
"What?!" he said.
"Is that your wife?" we asked him.
"Yeah, I think," he said.
Moments later, he was told his wife was dead and his children in the hospital.
At last check, the victim's three children were in serious condition.
The three female suspects are all in custody and were being treated for minor injuries. The driver is charged with felony murder.
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