One woman is dead and two children are injured after a deputy collided with another vehicle on Wednesday, January 12, in northeast Houston.
The Harris County deputy was pursuing a robbery suspect when the crash occurred. The driver of the vehicle that was hit was pronounced dead at the scene. Two children in the vehicle were taken to a nearby hospital for their injuries.
The Deputy Collision
On Wednesday, January 12, a Harris County deputy was in pursuit of a car that was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. According to the Houston Police Department, the suspect refused to pull over for a traffic stop, which then led to the pursuit.
As per reports, the deputy had the vehicle siren and lights on as they approached the intersection. Unfortunately, the deputy collided with another vehicle that was traveling through the intersection as well.
Authorities are unsure of which vehicle made the initial impact.
The driver of the black vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. A 5-year-old and 2-year-old were passengers in the vehicle and were taken to a nearby hospital for their injuries. After the collision, the deputy’s car caught fire, and bystanders in a nearby store ran out to pull the deputy to safety.
The deputy was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition.
According to authorities, there were seven vehicles involved in the crash. Three other people were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries. The suspect being pursued by the deputy fled the scene after the crash.
On Thursday, January 13, the 27-year-old suspect was arrested. He now faces at least one federal robbery charge and could face more than 20 years in prison if convicted. There may be additional charges added related to the police pursuit and death of the woman in the black vehicle.
Yielding Correctly to Emergency Vehicles
If you’re driving on the road and see flashing lights or hear sirens, it’s important that you follow the proper protocol to keep yourself and the first responders safe. In Texas, the “Move Over” law states that emergency vehicles have the right-of-way to other drivers on the road when sounding a siren or flashing lights.
Because there are different circumstances for each driver, here are the proper ways to yield the right-of-way in each situation:
- Emergency vehicles approaching from behind — You must yield the right-of-way by pulling over as far right as you can.
- Emergency vehicles approaching from the front — You must yield the right-of-way by pulling over as far right as possible just as you would if the vehicle was approaching from behind.
- Emergency vehicles in an intersection — You must yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles in an intersection. If you have already entered the intersection, move over to the right side of the road. If the emergency vehicle is not approaching your lane, you may be able to stay where you are.
Knowing how to respond to an emergency vehicle can help you get out of the way safely and efficiently. If an emergency vehicle has its lights and sirens on, it may be responding to a serious situation that requires their help. Following the proper protocol can ensure that they are able to do their job and help others in need.