July 6, 2022



Houston woman dies after being hit by unlicensed teen driver with mom in car

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An unlicensed 15-year-old girl behind the wheel of her mom’s car hit a woman crossing the street in Houston’s Asiatown on Monday afternoon, police say. 

The woman, who fell to the street, was pronounced dead on scene, according to Asst. Chief Thomas Hardin of the Houston Police Department who spoke at the scene. The collision happened at the intersection of United and Sovereign drives around 12:25 p.m. The girl was eastbound on United Drive and made a northbound turn onto Sovereign Drive when she hit the woman. 

“They stopped immediately and contacted authorities like they should,” Hardin said of the mother and daughter. “The damage to the striking vehicle is not consistent with a high rate of speed. The initial collision does not appear to be violent. It will be part of the investigation on what the actual cause of death is.”

The teen girl did not have a learner’s permit, Hardin said. 

“(The driver) said she was making the turn, looked up and the female was there,” Hardin said. “She attempted to come to a stop, made contact with the female and the female fell over.” 

Drivers within Harris County remain on pace to kill more pedestrians than in 2021, when a record 163 pedestrian deaths occurred in Harris County in 2021, according to recent state data. The woman who died Monday is the 53rd pedestrian to be killed by a driver in Harris County so far in 2022. By this time in 2021, 47 pedestrians had been killed in vehicle collisions. For context, there were 91 pedestrians killed by automobiles in Harris County in all of 2012. Annual deaths have been on the rise ever since. 

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Police had not yet identified the woman Monday afternoon. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is working to determine what, if any, charges are necessary. 

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