The accident occurred on the outbound lanes of the Southwest Freeway feeder road at the Bellaire exit at about 5:30am.
Police at the scene say a woman was driving erratically on the feeder road when she crossed over a median, struck a metal sign, then lost control and slammed head-on into a light pole. The driver, who was the only person in the vehicle, died at the scene. She has only been identified as a Hispanic woman, between 50 and 60 years of age.
Police say witnesses tell them the woman was driving at a high rate of speed. The accident is the first traffic fatality of 2016 in Houston.