HOUSTON – At the East Sam Houston Parkway, where it meets Highway 90 in northeast Harris County, a little boy’s slipper was among the wreckage.
“We offer our condolences on the loss of the four-year-old. It’s just devastating to see the child’s body out here,” said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.
He updated reporters mere feet from an 18 wheeler -- it’s front end indented by the rear end of a car it split in two.
The boy was seated in the back seat, Gonzalez said.
Witnesses told investigators the boy’s mother who was driving, according to officials, ran a red light while driving eastbound on Hwy 90, striking the truck which was headed eastbound on the feeder to the Beltway.
The boy was thrown from the car, Gonzalez said. How that happened remained investigators’ focus throughout the afternoon Thursday.
“There is a child safety seat in the back, but just a cursory look right now, it doesn’t appear that the child was in the seat itself,” Gonzalez said.
Officials have to determine that, for sure, but investigators said it doesn’t seem the seat was broken, according to what they described seeing on scene.