Fatal crashes ruined Memorial Day for the families of two drivers.
The first incident occurred in the early morning hours, about 2:15 a.m. An suv was headed eastbound on Memorial Drive. The motorist was killed when she drove over a concrete barrier at the exit to Shepherd Drive from Memorial Drive, and struck the metal guardrail. Images from news accounts show the wreckage of her vehicle. The driver of the one-vehicle crash was alone in the suv at the time. Her name was not immediately released, and there was no mention during the initial reports of whether drinking was involved, or whether a toxicology test would be performed.
The second crash happened about 8:25 in the morning at the 12,300 block of Cypress North Houston Road. The driver, identified as Edy Lisandro Chan Reyes, was headed westbound in a Toyota Celica. He apparently failed to negotiate a curve, lost control, skidded into a utility pole, and was killed. Reyes appeared to be speeding, according to a witness.
The relatives of the drivers in both wrecks grieved the loss of their loved ones.
These crashes serve as a sobering reminder of the seriousness of the risks involved in driving. Even on city streets, a mistake in judgment can lead to life-threatening injuries or death. It is critically important that motorists utilize safe driving practices, and give undivided attention to their driving. When a driver’s primary focus upon task of driving and proper awareness of the roadway are impaired by cellular telephones or alcohol, the risks are dramatically, and unnecessarily, increased.