The wreck happened Wednesday afternoon on the feeder road of the South Beltway near the Gulf Freeway on the southeast side.
Police told us that the accident is not clear-cut when it comes to fault. A witness told police that the driver of a gold SUV entered the intersection on a yellow light. The 18-year-old driver of a black pickup truck coming from the west said he had a green light. The two vehicles collided.
A 17-year-old girl in the backseat of the gold SUV died. The female driver, believed to be the victim's mother, was taken to the hospital and was expected to be OK.
The teenage driver of the pickup was not injured. He stayed on the scene. Police do not think alcohol was involved in this accident in any way.
Police said that what makes the intersection tricky is the timing of the lights. There is only about a one second delay before the lights change from red to green. At most intersections, there is a three second delay.
So authorities are still trying to figure out who may have broken the law.
An investigator with the district attorney's office was on the scene and it will be up to that office to decide whether any criminal charges are filed as a result of this accident.
The victim's name has not been released.
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