Posted on Oct 20, 2011
The fatal crash occurred late Tuesday night in the 4100 block of Dowling at the corner with Cleburne Street. The tragic fatal event began a mile away in the 3900 block of Hamilton Street. Police responded to a 911 call about a suspicious vehicle parked there. When they arrived, two men were inside the Buick LeSabre. The police ordered them out of the vehicle. The passenger complied, and is cooperating with the police.
The driver did not comply, and drove away down Cleburne Street at a high rate of speed. When the fleeing suspect reached the intersection with Dowling, he ran a red light and slammed into a Nissan Altima with three innocent people inside.
Halley Catherine Shaw, 27, who was in her second year of law school at Texas Southern University, was in the back seat of the vehicle. She passed away at the scene of the violent car accident. The other two people in the Nissan Altima were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital withinjuries reported as “non-life-threatening.”
The car of the fleeing suspect flipped onto its side after the crash. The suspect climbed out of the vehicle and fled on foot down Cleburne Street. He remains at large, but police know his identity and will continue to pursue his capture. According to reports, he will be charged with failure to stop and render aid. Houston police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS or the HPD Hit and Run Unit at 713-247-4065.
The Nissan Altima carrying Halley Catherine Shaw was crushed by the impact. Pieces of the vehicle were strewn about the site of the wreck, and parts of the car appeared burned.
The Houston accident lawyers at Denena & Points are deeply saddened by the loss of another student of the law in this tragic, disastrous accident. We condole with the family of Halley Catherine Shaw, a promising young law student. And we hope for a smooth recovery for the two other victims who suffer the effects of this horrible accident. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to you. You’ll be in our prayers.
UPDATE: The latest reports indicate that the suspect was taken into custody late Wednesday night. His name was not released. 17-year-old charged in the fatal wreck. Read the update here.