Pregnant woman, child injured in wreck

January 17, 2008 3:19:09 PM PST
A pregnant woman and her young daughter had to be taken to the hospital by Life Flight after the car they were riding in was hit by a Precinct 4 deputy constable. It happened on the Sam Houston Tollway near Antoine right in front of a toll plaza Thursday.

Looking at the wreckage of the white sedan, you might find it amazing that anyone survived. Authorities say there were five people inside at about 11am when the Precinct 4 deputy constable traveling westbound behind it slammed into the back of the car.

But investigators say evidence confirms an eyewitness statement that the sedan was not moving with the flow of traffic at the time of the impact.

"For some unknown reason, we haven't determined whether it slowed down or was completely stopped in the EZ tag lane," said Captain Mark Herman with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office.

Investigators can't say if the driver was trying to get over to one of the toll booths and out of the EZ tag lane.

A two to three-year-old girl and her pregnant mother were both rushed by medical helicopter to the hospital. One other person in the sedan was taken to the hospital by ground. Two in the car were unhurt.

The deputy involved suffered cuts and bruises. He was taken to a nearby hospital. It's unclear if he was on a call when the wreck happened, if he had lights and sirens on, or if he was even distracted in any way while driving.

"We'll be pulling radio and dispatch tapes to determine exactly what he was doing at the time of the accident," said Captain Herman.

Authorities are also going to look to at toll booth cameras to see if they can determine how this wreck happened.

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