Woman killed when man wakes up, panics in running SUV, police say

HOUSTON – The family of 48-year-old Salondris Cobbs said she died trying to help a driver in need Wednesday night.

The crash was reported about 5:45 p.m. at 6200 South Braeswood Blvd.

Cousin Trena Marshall said, "She helped everybody. On the job, the family, everybody. There wasn't anything that she wouldn't do."

Houston Police said Cobbs, who they had not publicly identified, stopped to help an 87-year-old man in a silver GMC Envoy who was stopped blocking the lanes on South Braeswood at Bob White.

A cousin of Cobbs said, "God-fearing Christian lady.  She wanted to help whoever she could however she could."

As she crossed in front of the Envoy to check on the man, police said the driver suddenly woke up, hit the accelerator, hit the woman and went over the curb. 

She died at the scene.  Police believe the man had some sort of medical issue before the crash. 

Her family said she would have done whatever she could to help. 

Her cousin said, "If she had to pull out her phone to call 911, or something like that, she was gonna do it.  She was gonna help."

A memorial stood along the bayou hike and bike trail.  It was a reminder of how Cobbs lost her life trying to save another.

Police said no charges had been filed in this case.


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