Driver dies after slamming into tree in northwest Harris County

A 19-year-old driver dies after ramming through a fence and then hit a tree in NW Harris County
January 15, 2014 10:14:49 AM PST
There was a deadly car crash in northwest Harris County overnight in which a vehicle nearly ended up inside someone's home.

The car crashed through a fence and then slammed into a tree in the backyard of the home on Champion Forest and Silver Shadows around 12:30am.

According the sheriff's deputies, the driver was heading north on Champion Forest when the vehicle hit a curb, lost control and went off the road.

Neighbors were jolted awake by the sound of the crash.

"I was asleep in the front of the house. My daughter was upstairs and we just heard a terrific noise," said neighbor Lynn Bortolussi. "I didn't know what happened. I looked out in the front of the cul-de-sac because I thought maybe one of the cars had gotten hit."

Bortolussi and his daughter ran outside to investigate, and in the dark, saw the car wrapped around the tree, and splinters of their fence all over the yard.

"The car radio was still going, but there were no sounds from any victims inside," he said. "We yelled, but couldn't hear anything."

"It was hard to kind of see, and eventually we got some lights and get in there and get to her," said neighbor Nicole Bortolussi.

The 19-year-old female driving the car was pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff's deputies say she left the road at a high rate of speed.

People that live in the area say it's an unusual place to be speeding.

"If they're coming from down here, there are two stop signs right in a row. You had to have missed some of the stop signs, too," said neighbor Kay Nauman.

The exact cause of the accident is under investigation.

The tragic result is a young life lost.

"Some family is grieving tonight for sure," said Lynn Bortolussi.

A family member of the victim came by the scene and identified the woman as 19-year-old Norah Tewksbury. The family member also mentioned she was a graduate of Tomball High School.

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