Woman who just got off bus on Hillcroft is 7th pedestrian killed in 10 crashes this month alone

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Wednesday, April 12, 2023
71-year-old woman is 7th pedestrian killed in 10 crashes this month
The sheriff's office says this is a serious problem in the Houston area, and deputies have investigated 26 fatal crashes involving vehicles and pedestrians so far this year alone.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A 71-year-old woman using a walker was struck and killed by a car overnight.

The woman who was killed is the 10th pedestrian in the Houston area to be hit by a vehicle just this month -- that's nearly one a day so far in April.

Houston police said it happened shortly after 11:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 6600 block of Hillcroft Street.

The woman had just gotten off a METRO bus and was using a walker to cross the street when she was hit by a 23-year-old driver, police said.

"She was struck by the driver. The driver did stay on the scene. At this time, there is no sign of intoxication," Sgt. James said. "The female was transported to the hospital and was later pronounced deceased."

The deadly crash is just the latest in a string of accidents involving cars and pedestrians around Houston.

Since April 1, at least seven people have died and three others were hurt in similar crashes.

In some of the cases, the drivers were intoxicated. In others, the pedestrian was walking in moving lanes of traffic or on the interstate.

Harris County Sheriff's Office provided the following tips to avoid being hit by a car:

  • Use a sidewalk if available
  • Cross at marked intersections
  • Wear light-colored clothing
  • Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing

Deputies also had tips for drivers to avoid hitting pedestrians:

  • Slow down when approaching crosswalks
  • Yield right of way to pedestrians when turning
  • Use caution when passing buses and stopped vehicles

The sheriff's office says this is a serious problem in the community, and deputies have investigated 26 fatal crashes involving vehicles and pedestrians so far this year.

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OTHER CRASHES THIS MONTH:

Woman driving with 2 kids hits and kills pedestrian trying to cross street in N. Houston, HCSO says

The driver told deputies she was heading to a relative's house with her children when she did not see the man attempting to cross the street while not in the crosswalk and hit him.

Man killed while walking on East Freeway after fight with girlfriend, sheriff's office says

A pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run was among two crashes on the East Freeway near the Beltway that caused major traffic delays on Monday morning.

Man was walking back and forth on main lanes of Gulf Freeway before fatally hit by driver, HPD says

Officials said surveillance video showed the man walking back and forth on the main lanes of the freeway before he was fatally struck and are trying to determine if the driver was impaired.

Pedestrian killed while pushing cart along Highway 249 in NW Harris County, deputies say

Deputies said the man, who appears to be homeless, was pulling a luggage tote behind him in a traffic lane of the highway when a driver in an SUV did not see him in time to swerve.

Man standing on Hwy 6 northbound lanes hit and killed by Amazon truck, police say

HPD said it's unclear why the man was standing in the middle of the road before he was hit. The Amazon driver stopped and is cooperating with police.