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Father of 4 dead after crashing into an 18-wheeler in NE Houston, family says

Authorities are investigating if wet weather played a role in the crash

HOUSTON – Houston police are investigating a crash that involved an 18-wheeler and left a man dead in northeast Houston Tuesday. Family members identified the victim as 46-year-old Donald Carter, a father to four.

“I love him, he means the world to me,” said father of the deceased, Ray Dow. “I still can’t believe it’s real.”

Houston police are investigating a crash that involved an 18-wheeler and left a man dead in northeast Houston on May 26, 2020. Family members identified the victim as 46-year-old Donald Carter, a father to four.
Houston police are investigating a crash that involved an 18-wheeler and left a man dead in northeast Houston on May 26, 2020. Family members identified the victim as 46-year-old Donald Carter, a father to four. (KPRC 2)

Police said the accident happened around 4 a.m. at 7000 N. Loop at Homestead and involved an 18-wheeler and a car. Investigators said the 18-wheeler was parked on the shoulder with its hazard lights flashing when the driver of the car lost control and crashed into the semi-truck’s trailer.

According to officers, the victim was trapped inside the car. A rescue truck was called to extricate the victim, who died at the scene.

Authorities are investigating if alcohol or wet weather played a role in the crash.