Woman killed after being struck by driver who accidentally hit gas pedal, crashed into USPS building in southwest Houston, police say

HOUSTON – A woman is dead after a driver accidentally crashed into United States Postal Service office in southwest Houston Wednesday afternoon, according to the Houston Police Department.

The crash happened around 4:45 p.m. in the 2900 block of Rogerdale.

Authorities said an elderly woman was pulling into the post office and thought she was hitting her brakes but accidentally hit the gas. The elderly woman hit another woman who was walking into the post office at the same time. The woman, who was later identified as Karen Keagan, died at the scene.

“The vehicle came to a rest inside the post office, against the back wall, unfortunately with the pedestrian underneath the vehicle,” Houston Police Commander Reece Hardy said. “It appears, preliminarily, that this was just a tragic accident but of course, that’s all part of the preliminary investigation. We are obviously going to ensure that everything is ok and that there was no intoxication or impairment.”

Police said their preliminary investigation found there were no indications of intoxication and the elderly woman was transported to the hospital as a precaution.

The District Attorney’s Office will determine if she will face any charges.

A week after the crash on Dec. 7, the Debora Schatz Post Office resumed its normal business, opening the lobby area which had been closed due to the crash.