Driver dies after shooting, multi-vehicle crash off I-69 in NE Houston
HARRIS COUNTY, TX — A man died early Monday after being shot and crashing a truck into multiple vehicles and a shipping container off Interstate 69 in northeast Houston, reports ABC13.
The events unfolded in the 11300 block of the highway (Eastex Freeway) at around 12:00 a.m.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the victim was driving a black truck northbound when he was shot twice. After taking Exit 140 off the freeway, the driver lost control and crashed the truck into multiple vehicles at the Eastex Collision Repair lot. The truck flipped several times and ultimately collided with the storage container. Bullet holes were observed in the tailgate of the wrecked truck.
First responders rushed the driver to a Kingwood hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
His passenger survived the gunfire and crash, but no information on their conditions has been disclosed.
HCSO investigators suspect the truck driver may have been participating in a street race with another vehicle. Officials are also looking into whether the fatal incident was linked to a dispute that originated at a car rally that had taken place at a nearby Home Depot.
An investigation and search for the suspect vehicle–a red, four-door car, possibly a Ford–remains underway.
After at least a partial road closure, two lanes of the I-69 feeder were reopened, but delays lingered.
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