HOUSTON – An innocent driver is dead after someone ran a red light and struck her vehicle in northwest Houston Monday, police said.
Officers said the crash happened near West Gulf Bank near Antoine around 8:20 p.m.
According to investigators, a woman, who has been identified as 28-year-old Lohortenes Sanders, was speeding through the red light after she hit a parked car. That’s when the victim’s car was struck, police said.
Police said the 52-year-old woman was thrown out of the vehicle and at some point, became pinned under it.
Police said a witness told them Sanders had an argument with someone in a nearby apartment complex. When the passenger exited Sanders’ blue-colored Mercury Grand Marquis, police said Sanders drove erratically through the complex and then drove eastbound on West Gulf Bank Road. A witness told investigators Sanders ran the red light at the Antoine intersection and was struck by a gold-colored Chevrolet Malibu. Police said the driver of the Malibu died at the scene. Sanders was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries, officers said.
“And we have some of the family here on the scene, so their last images and their last thoughts of their loved one are going to be in the mangled -- just carnage -- of this crash and that’s not fair to anyone,” Sean Teare, of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Sanders was charged with criminally negligent homicide, but her charges could be upgraded if she was impaired, investigators said.