HPD warns pedestrians about dangerous stretch of road in SW Houston after several fatalities

HPD says over the last few weeks there has several pedestrian accidents on a stretch of Bellaire Blvd.
February 18, 2014 3:12:22 PM PST
There is a renewed warning going out in southwest Houston about a dangerous stretch of road. Authorities want pedestrians and drivers to pay extra special attention while they're on it.

We have reported over the last few weeks about deadly accidents along Bellaire Boulevard. The latest one was last weekend near Gessner.

All day, in the heart of Houston's China town, along Bellaire, people dart across the road in the middle of traffic, not using cross walks, risking their lives. Security guard Glen Taylor says he has seen it all.

"Every day, every day there's lots of close calls, and even people risking their lives crossing the street still," Taylor said.

The ongoing construction project has added to the problem. Since the beginning of the year, three people have been hit and killed while crossing Bellaire, the latest deadly crash just four days ago.

The Houston police department is now reaching out, imploring pedestrians to please follow the law.

"Please use the designated cross walks when using Bellaire Boulevard. We know sometimes that it might be an inconvenience, but I'd rather have an inconvenience than someone getting hurt or killed," said Captain Dale with the Houston Police Department.

We saw the dangers first hand as our camera focused on Bellaire around lunch time today. We witnessed a car accident along Bellaire. Fortunately everyone was alright, this time.

Julie Huynh points out in an area with lots of new immigrants, sometimes getting the message across, is hard.

"Especially in this area, where you have a lot of Asian population, it's somewhat the norm to cross the street without having a sidewalk," said Huynh.

Houston police are trying some traffic signs are now in both English and Chinese. The department says more officers will patrol that area. They'd like everyone to know to use a cross walk to avoid another tragedy.

"It's a long way to walk, it's better to take that time to walk than get hit by a car," said Captain Dale.

Anyone with information on suspects in these or any hit-and-run accident in the city is urged to contact the HPD Hit and Run Unit at 713-247-4065 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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