On Saturday, June 2, 2018, a man was attempting to find parking in a crowded parking lot in Northwest Houston. As the man pulled a U-Turn in the Bear Creek Islamic Center parking lot, he inadvertently ran over a child. It appears as though the child was sitting in the parking lot just outside the playground area.
A skateboarder was critically injured after being hit by an SUV while crossing Highway 6 around 10:30 p.m., Sunday, May 13, 2018. The question of fault is still to be determined.
His friends were headed to class on Monday morning, but 18-year-old De'Monte Benn never made it to school. He was struck and killed on Highway 6.
On the night of March 18, 2018, a 49-year-old woman named Elaine Herzberg was struck by one of Uber's autonomous cars in Tempe, Arizona. Elaine was walking her bicycle across the street when she was struck by the car and died as a result of this incident. This is believed to be the first pedestrian death associated with self-driving vehicles.
On Sunday night, a pedestrian was killed by an Uber self-driving vehicle in Tempe, Arizona. According to officials, the woman was crossing a four-lane road outside the designated cross walk when she was hit at approximately 10:00 p.m. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she later died. The woman is believed to be the first pedestrian killed by a self-driving vehicle. At the time of the accident, the Uber vehicle was reportedly in autonomous mode with a vehicle operator in the front seat. There were no passengers in the vehicle at the time. Autonomous mode means the car is driving on its own. However, during testing, a person sits behind the wheel as a safeguard. Uber is conducting tests of autonomous vehicles in Arizona, Pittsburgh, Toronto and other areas throughout the United States and Canada. In the wake of the accident, Uber announced that it has temporarily halted its self-driving test operations across North America. The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to Arizona to investigate the accident which comes nearly a year after an Uber self-driving vehicle was involved in another crash in Tempe. In that accident, the Uber vehicle rolled on its side, although there were no reported injuries.
In an all-too-frequent scene in Houston, yet another pedestrian was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Tuesday night, this time on Veteran's Memorial in Northwest Houston. This driver may face justice sooner than most, however-the Harris County Sheriff's Office arrested him after he was tracked down and detained by a witness.
A cyclist was killed earlier this week in a hit-and-run collision. It occurred near 10:00 o'clock p.m. on Monday night in the 11,900 block of Veterans Memorial. The man riding the bike was on the shoulder. According to information from the Harris County Sheriff's Office, a vehicle swerved into the shoulder and hit the bike. The rider, apparently between about 55 and 65 years old, was rushed to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the car fled the scene. The car was said by witnesses to be a small four-door. The vehicle may have been a Dodge Neon, and authorities have suspicion that the driver was intoxicated.
A recent study by Rice University's Kinder Institute found that intersections with stop lights are nine times more likely to have a fatal crash with pedestrians and bicyclists than those without stop lights. The study was prompted by the death of Rice University Professor Marjorie Corcoran who was hit and killed by a METRO light rail train near the Houston Medical Center in February. During the study, researchers examined records of all traffic crashes within the city of Houston from January 2010 to September 2016. Throughout this six-year period, there were 3,952 intersection-related automobile accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists. Of those accidents, 90 resulted in a fatality, 1,802 resulted in an injury, and 2,060 were no-injury crashes. From 2012 to 2015, researchers noted a 42 percent increase in intersection-related collisions in Houston.
Erlene Gomez, 91, died Thursday night after being struck by a hit-and-run driver at Heights Boulevard and 15th Street in the Heights in Houston. According to KHOU News, Gomez was struck from behind by a white Toyota SUV while walking down 15th Street after getting off a bus. According to a witness, the driver left the scene slowly, and police believe the driver lives in the neighborhood.
On Tuesday afternoon, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a bus in downtown Houston. According to investigators, the pedestrian was walking near St. Joseph Medical Center when she was struck by a First Class Tours bus. The woman, whose name has not been released by investigators, died at the scene. Investigators have not determined if the woman was in the crosswalk or if the light was green at the time. This incident is the second incident this year in which a pedestrian was struck and killed by a bus in downtown Houston. In January, a pedestrian was crossing the street when he was struck and killed by a METRO bus in downtown Houston. Unfortunately, the number of pedestrian fatalities in Houston has steadily increased every year since at least 2013.