Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted Thursday evening that 56-year-old Raul Rivas had paused briefly after coming across water on the roadway in northeast Harris County.
The man decided to chance it, and as he accelerated, his van became submerged in water, Gonzalez said.
Rivas was taken to a hospital in critical condition, where he was pronounced dead.
Deputies said they are not sure whether he was the only person in the van.
We’re sad to report that an adult occupant, extracted from the submerged van, has been pronounced deceased at the hospital. It remains unknown if the male was the only occupant in the van. #HouNews— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) September 19, 2019
Preliminary info: the driver of the van travelled westbound on Will Clayton, approached Eastex Freeway. The water level was about 8’ high. The driver paused briefly, then accelerated into it the water, causing his van to go under. #HouNews— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) September 19, 2019
In Jefferson County, a 19-year-old was attempting to move a horse when they were electrocuted and drowned, according to family members.
Now, the death toll has risen to at least five.