3 injured in crash during Houston police chase
SUV hits patrol car as HPD officer in pursuit of stolen vehicle runs light
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A woman and her 5-year-old grandson were injured after a police officer drove through a red light in pursuit of a stolen vehicle Tuesday afternoon, the Houston Police Department said.
Officer Stanley Mathews of HPD’s Fondren Division also suffered minor injuries in the crash at the intersection of S. Gessner and W. Airport, said HPD spokesman John Cannon.
The officer stopped at a red light before proceeding “with due caution” through the intersection, Cannon said.
View blocked by traffic
Carlotta Penya Osorio apparently failed to see Mathews’ patrol car because her view was blocked by two lanes of southbound traffic on Gessner. She drove into the intersection with a green light and struck Mathews’ car with her sport utility vehicle, which flipped over onto its hood, Cannon said.”Fortunately, following the impact everyone was conscious, breathing and had not suffered any serious injuries,” he said.
Osorio and her 5-year-old grandson, who suffered a bump on his head, were taken to Memorial Hermann-The Texas Medical Center for observation, Cannon said. “The grandmother was shaken up more than anything,” he said.
Officer Mathews, who complained of a stiff neck and back, was taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest with minor injures, Cannon said.
Osorio had the green light at the intersection, but “that in no way means the officer was at fault because all indications are he stopped before he proceeded through” the red light.
Began about 1 p.m.
The pursuit originally began about 1 p.m. when officers tried to pull over a car that had been reported stolen at Thornwood and Turnuff, Cannon said.The driver of the car refused to stop, leading police on a chase until the vehicle’s three occupants bailed out and tried to make a run for it in the 10100 block of Forum Park.
Accident to be investigated
The three men were taken into custody at the scene without further incident.”They’re going to be questioned and it’ll be up to the district attorney what charges they will face,” Cannon said.
HPD’s Mobility Incident Management Division will investigate the accident, which will also be referred to the department’s pursuit review committee, he said.