Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident at 7200 Southwest Freeway (South U.S. Highway 59) about 7:45 a.m. on Friday.
The male victim, 30, was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
“The victim was driving a white Nissan Altima when, for unknown reasons, he stopped in a moving lane of traffic on the Southwest Freeway,” HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant L. Ross and Officer J. Best reported. “The Nissan was parked on the downside of an overpass, making it difficult for other drivers to see the vehicle. The driver of a black Jeep Liberty then struck the Altima, causing it to catch fire. The driver of the Jeep, who showed no signs of intoxication, and a child passenger were transported to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital with minor injuries. The passenger of the Nissan was also transported to an area hospital in an unknown condition.”
The investigation is continuing.
Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at 5318 Laura Koppe about 12:45 a.m. on Friday.
The victim, Larry Donnell Hutchinson, 40, of Houston, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“HPD patrol officers responding to a shooting call at a nightclub at the above address discovered Mr. Hutchinson lying in the parking lot,” HPD Homicide Division Officers A. Vinogradov and M. Arroyo reported. “He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. At this time, there is no known motive or suspects.”
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Date of Occurance: 11/28/2014 12:07 a.m.
Type of Case: Fatal Crash
Case #: HC14-0175479
Location: 500 Aldine Mail Route
Complainant: Jose Luis Perez
Notification of Next of Kin: Completed by hospital
Person Notified: Luzma Perez (sister)
Date and Time: 11/27/2014 5:55 p.m.
Approved for Release: Deputy S. Cheng
Title: Accident Investigator
Details: Hugo Benzor operated a black Chevrolet Silverado C3500 pickup eastbound at the 500 block of Aldine Mail Road. Jose Luis Perez operated a green Ford Explorer Sport Trac westbound on Aldine Mail Road. A witness traveling behind Perez reported he operated his vehicle erratically and weaved out of the lane. Perez failed to drive in a single lane and veered into the eastbound lane, causing a head-on crash into Benzor. Perez and Benzor sustained injuries. Harris County Emergency Corps transported them to Houston Northwest Medical Center. Hospital analysis of Perez’ blood revealed he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.283 percent. Perez’ condition worsened, and a doctor pronounced him deceased at 20:49 hours. This crash remains under investigation by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Division.
Edinburg resident Stephen Santos, 28, has been sentenced to 108 months in federal prison for carjacking, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Santos pleaded guilty Oct. 4, 2011, to taking a motor vehicle from a male victim with the intent to cause death and serious bodily harm by the use of force, violence and intimidation.
Today, Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa handed down the nine-year sentence and further ordered he pay $4,868.62 in restitution to the victim in the case. Santos will also serve a three-year-term of supervised release following completion of that sentence. Judge Hinojosa had previously heard testimony from the victim of the carjacking, including how Santos ordered the victim out of the car at gun point and pointed the gun at the victim’s son.
On May 31, 2011, the victim and his 10-year-old son were departing a residence in Edinburg when Santos wedged his foot into the driver’s side door of the vehicle. Santos pointed a pistol at the victim while ordering him and his son out of the car. Prior to fleeing the scene in the victim’s vehicle, Santos pointed the pistol at the boy and directed the 10-year-old to leave his laptop in the car.
Santos has been in custody where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prison facility to be determined in the near future.
The investigation leading to the charges against the defendant was conducted by the FBI with the assistance of the Edinburg Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Joseph Leonard and former AUSA Grady J. Leupold prosecuted the case.