The policeman suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but a passenger in the other car was taken to hospital with serious injuries, police said.
HOUSTON. A Houston police officer and a Lexus passenger were injured in a crash in northwest Houston on Thursday.
Police said the crash happened around 10 a.m. in the West Little York Road area near Hempstead.
District Attorney Sean Teare said at a press conference that the Lexus driver had neglected two traffic control devices before the accident: the levers of a train crossing the road with flashing red lights and a red light. As the driver passed a red light at an intersection, the Lexus and HPD Chevy Tahoe collided head-on.
Thier said several witnesses saw the officer have a green light at the time of the crash. Tears pity that the light was green for a while.
“Based on a number of witnesses at the scene, they are all unanimous that the officer was given the green light,” Tir said. And it wasn’t the one that just turned green, it was a long green light, meaning the red light the person ignored was an obsolete red light. This driver ignored two emergency devices and traffic control devices, and because of that we are a woman fighting for our lives.”
The passenger of the Lexus was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, police said.
Teare said the officer did not return the call and investigators do not believe speed was the cause of the crash.
The man driving the Lexus is charged with aggravated negligent assault, which is a felony in the second degree. He could face up to 20 years in prison. If a passenger dies, these fees may be increased.
The officer, who is a 13-year veteran of the Houston Police Department and currently serving in the Special Forces, has not been charged, Teare said.
Tir said there would be further investigations into speed, toxicology, although the Lexus driver showed no signs of intoxication, and a reconstruction of the accident.
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