Family members and loved ones are mourning the loss of a person whose name has not been released. The individual was killed in a fatal collision during rush hour this rainy morning. The incident occurred on the outbound side of U.S. 59 near Kirby, and it reportedly involved a pedestrian at the southbound ramp. The crash happened shortly after 6:00 a.m., snarling morning traffic. At this time, additional details have not been provided by authorities.
This incident reminds us of the hazards of driving during rain. Some areas of town experienced heavy downpours at dawn today. These rains impair both vision and stopping ability. For that reason, prudent drivers reduce their speed accordingly. Going faster than the visibility and braking distances allow exposes both the motorist and others using the roadway to unnecessary danger. Likewise, pedestrians must account for the risk that drivers may not see them or have time to stop.
Houston has experienced numerous damaging rainstorms, especially in the recent couple of years. Typically, we think of the harm caused by them as rising waters or flooded streets. But today’s crash underscores the perils of wet driving conditions. Drivers need to slow down, and pedestrians need to exercise heightened caution.