Grandfather killed, grandchildren hospitalized after medical episode causes crash

What happened

HOUSTON – A Houston-area grandfather was killed and two of his grandchildren are in the hospital after a single-vehicle crash near Baybrook Mall on Thursday afternoon.

Houston police said, around 4:30 p.m., an elderly man suffered a health problem while he was behind the wheel near the intersection of Bay Area Boulevard and Glenwest Drive.

Houston Police Department Lt. Thurston Roberson said the man lost consciousness and then lost control of his vehicle.



Police said the car hit a tree which caused it to go airborne and flip.

Witness recounts crash

"That was the first time I witnessed an accident in front of me," a witness said. “The car was passing by me at a high speed, swerved on the boulevard several times and all of a sudden he hit that tree and flipped in front of me."

The man died at the scene. Houston police said his grandchildren were also inside the car.

His 9-year-old grandson was taken to the hospital via helicopter and the other child, a 7-year-old girl, was taken to the hospital by an ambulance.

Police did not have an update on their condition.

"I hope the kids are doing OK,” the witness said.