Category Archives: Traffic Safety Division

Preliminary Investigation Rules Out Hit And Run As Cause For Injury To Man On Agnes Street

Date: Monday, February 6, 2017, 1:19am
Location: Agnes at Navigation
Event: Injured Person
Case Number: 1702060011

Corpus Christi Police Officers with the Traffic Safety Section have preliminarily ruled out that a 32 year old man was injured in a vehicle crash on Agnes Street Monday morning.

Corpus Christi Police responded to a call of an injured man who laid in the middle of Agnes with a very apparent broken leg.  Officers arrived and discovered a 32 year old man was uncooperative with Officers and only stated he was hit by a car and provided no further information.  Officers found there was no debris in the roadway and the 32 year old man did not have any road rash or marks that would indicate that he was struck by a vehicle. The man was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of his injured leg.

Investigators located and reviewed video from the area and believe the man was not struck by a vehicle, but do not yet know how the man was injured.

If you have any additional information about how this man may have been injured, call the Corpus Christi Police at 886-2600.

Police Investigate 5th Fatal Vehicle Crash of 2017

Date: Sunday, February 5, 2017, 1:13am
Location: 900 Texan Trail

Offense: Intoxication Manslaughter/Accident Involving Death
Case Number: 1702050012

A 35-year-old man died a little after 1am this morning after he was struck by a vehicle on the 900 block of Texan Trail.

Corpus Christi Police responded to a call of a vehicle crash on Texan Trail and discovered a 35-year-old man in the road. Witnesses told Officers the 35-year-old man was in the crosswalk on the 900 block of Texan when a vehicle struck the man, and carried him approximately 200 feet before stopping. Witnesses told Officers the driver got out, looked at the 35-year-old man, got back into his car and fled the scene. The 35-year-old man died on scene. Several witnesses provided a good description of the suspect vehicle and the driver. An Officer walked around Buccaneer Apartments and located the suspect vehicle, and shortly afterward, located Noe Garza (5/27/1960) who Officers believe is the driver .

Officers arrested Garza for Intoxicated Manslaughter and for Accident Involving Injury or Death for leaving the scene of the crash without providing aid. Officers impounded the vehicle and delivered Garza to the city detention center.

Anyone with any additional information or video of this crash should call the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Traffic Safety Section at 886-2600 Monday through Friday between 8:30am-4pm without delay to provide the evidence to Investigators.

Police Investigate Fourth Traffic Fatality of 2017

Date: Monday, January 23, 2017, 17:20
Location: Interstate Highway 37 at Callicoate

Event: Vehicle Crash with Fatal Injury
Case Number: 1701230121

The Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section is investigating the years fourth vehicle crash with a fatal injury which happened Monday afternoon at Interstate Highway 37 at Callicoate Road.

Corpus Christi Police responded to a vehicle crash at 5:20pm on the northbound lanes of Interstate Highway 37 headed toward Calallen north of Callicoate Road. Officers learned that a boy had not survived the crash, and Officers requested additional resources which included the Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section. Investigators learned that a 25-year-old woman travelled north on Interstate Highway 37 in her Dodge Ram truck in the far right lane when traffic in front of the Dodge truck stopped due to normal traffic issues. The Dodge truck operated by the 25-year-old woman did not slow and struck a Ford Focus driven by a 29-year-old woman who had two children passengers ages 4 and 7. The Ford Focus went into the jersey barrier and then struck a Nissan Titan, which hit a Buick Rendezvous. The rear of the 25-year-old woman’s truck went airborne and sent her truck sideways. The Dodge truck also struck the Titan and Rendezvous. The truck then landed on the driver side, with the passenger side doors faced to the sky. The driver of every vehicle involved in the crash, except for the Rendezvous, was transported to the hospital for medical treatment.

The 25-year-old woman and the driver of the Titan were taken to Northwest Regional with minor injuries. The 29-year-old woman driver of the Focus was taken to Memorial Medical Center and her 7-year-old daughter was taken to Driscoll Children’s Hospital, both with injuries believed to be non-life threatening. The 4-year-old boy in the Focus was killed on impact, as he sat properly restrained in a car seat in the back seat on the side that the Dodge Ram struck. Several witnesses stopped and gave statements to Investigators.

Investigators do not believe alcohol was a contributing factor to the crash.

The 25-year-old woman’s phone was collected as evidence, and Investigators intend to get warrant to search the phone. No criminal charges have been filed related to this case as of 11pm Monday night.

Anyone with any additional information about this crash should contact the Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section at 886-2600 during normal business hours.

Corpus Christi Police Record More Arrests For Intoxicated Driving In 2016 Than Any Other Year

The Corpus Christi Police arrested more people for intoxicated driving in 2016 than in any other year of the Department’s history.

Corpus Christi Police arrested 1,428 people for intoxicated driving in 2016 and the previous record was in 2014 with 1, 407 arrests for intoxicated driving. Corpus Christi Police have already recorded 15 arrests for intoxicated driving so far in 2017.

Corpus Christi Police explain the 1,428 arrests for intoxicated driving as: 14 for Driving Under the Influence which means the person was less than 21 years of age when they were arrested for intoxicated driving; and there were 132 felony accusations. The 132 accusations are that 86 arrests were for D.W.I. with three or more prior convictions; 11 arrests for intoxicated assault (in which someone was injured in a crash caused by an intoxicated person); 32 arrests for D.W.I. with a child passenger; and 3 arrests for Intoxicated Manslaughter (in which a person died in a crash caused by an intoxicated driver).

Corpus Christi Police collected blood or breath specimens to be analyzed for the blood alcohol concentration from all 1,428 arrested people except for 5 cases in which that evidence was not obtained. The average results from the analysis for blood alcohol concentration was .15 which is almost twice the legal limit of .08, the state standard to determine someone is prima facia intoxicated. There were 415 arrests for intoxicated driving which involved a vehicle crash which means 1,013 of the arrests for intoxicated driving were discovered on Officer initiated traffic stops.

Yearly Totals of arrests for intoxicated driving by Corpus Christi Police:

2016-1428
2015-1331
2014-1407
2013-1203
2012-1036
2011-900
2010-979
2009-784
2008-847
2007-768
2006-896
2005-859

Corpus Christi Police Make Many Arrests For Intoxicated Driving Over Christmas

The Corpus Christi Police are pleased to announce that there were no injuries or fatalities on Corpus Christi roadways over the Christmas weekend due to intoxicated driving, partly because of strict enforcement by Officers which got many intoxicated drivers off the road before they could injure someone.

Corpus Christi Police arrested 15 people for intoxicated driving from December 23rd to December 26th.

Officers arrested:
9 people for driving while intoxicated as a first offense during the Christmas weekend;
2 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated with a prior conviction of D.W.I.;
2 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated with a Blood Alcohol Concentration over twice the legal limit;
and 2 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated with an open container of alcohol in the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

One Officer arrested 27 year old Andres Narvaez (8/10/1989) for driving while intoxicated as a first offense and found Narvaez was in possession of a loaded black Colt 380 handgun. Narvaez was additionally charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon because the Texas Penal Code Section 46.02 prohibits an intoxicated person from possession of a firearm while operating a motor vehicle.

Corpus Christi Police will be out in full force again this coming weekend for New Years for strict enforcement of intoxicated driving for the effort to make our roadways safer. Always plan to have a sober driver. D.W.I.’s are the worst hangovers.

Man Drives Into Crash Scene, Gets Arrested

Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016, 2:19am
Location: Devon at Gollihar
Offense: Driving While Intoxicated with B.A.C. over .15 (Penal Code Section 49.02) Class A Misdemeanor
Case Number: 1612180021

Corpus Christi Police arrested 31-year-old Pete Valdez (6/10/1985) at the intersection of Gollihar and Devon Sunday morning for driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration at or above twice the legal limit.

Corpus Christi Police had Gollihar closed to normal traffic while they investigated a vehicle crash with a fatal injury when a silver 2012 Dodge Avenger approached the scene and ran over road flares before the vehicle stopped. Officers described the vehicle’s movement as having nearly struck a vehicle in the road which was part of the crash scene. The Officers met with the operator of the Avenger, Pete Valdez, and discovered Valdez had consumed alcoholic drinks soon before operating the vehicle. Officers conducted an investigation to the condition of Valdez and arrested Valdez for Driving While Intoxicated and for driving with an invalid license.

Officers impounded the Avenger and delivered Valdez to the city detention center.

Traffic Safety Section Investigates 29th Fatal Vehicle Crash for 2016

Date: Sunday, December 11, 2016, 21:00
Location: State Highway 358 at Airline Road
Event: Vehicle Crash with Fatal Injury
Crash Number: C1608873

The Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section is investigating the 29th vehicle crash with a fatal injury of 2016 which happened Sunday night at the Airline exit ramp on State Highway 358.

Corpus Christi Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on the westbound exit ramp of State Highway 358 at Airline at 9pm. Officers learned that a 57 year old man lost control of his 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle at the exit ramp and was laid in the road when a white Mitsubishi Outlander struck him.  The 57 year old man did not wear a helmet at the time of the crash and did not survive the crash.

The 45 year old woman who operated the Outlander stopped and provided information to Police. No citations or charges have been applied to the 45 year old woman.

While the Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section conducted the crash investigation, a silver 2013 Nissan Versa drove through the line of flares on the ground, between Police Patrol cars, over stop sticks, and almost struck a Corpus Christi Police Officer. Officers stopped the vehicle and contacted 22 year old Jonathan Campbell (8/22/1994). The Officers determined Campbell was not intoxicated, and then arrested Campbell for Interference with Public Duties and Disregard a Traffic Control Device. No injuries resulted from Campbell driving through the scene of the investigation, but one Officer reported he was narrowly missed by the Versa as it drove through the scene.

Drunk Drivers Beware: State Pays for Extra Corpus Christi Police Officers On DWI Patrol

The Corpus Christi Police Department will participate in the Impaired Driving Mobilization (IDM) grant offered by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) which means more Corpus Christi Police Officers will be available to enforce Driving While Intoxicated offenses from December 15th, 2016 until January 1st, 2017.

TXDOT has offered the grant to reduce the number of impaired driving fatalities on Texas roadways. The grant pays for overtime for Officers so that they may focus specifically on traffic enforcement related to impaired motor vehicle operation during times when alcohol related crashes are most frequent.

Corpus Christi Police effected 1,331 arrests for intoxicated driving in 2015 after a record setting high of 1,407 arrests in 2014. The message from the Corpus Christi Police is not to operate a motor vehicle after having consumed alcoholic drinks, but has strict enforcement for those who refuse the message.

Yearly Totals of arrests for intoxicated driving by Corpus Christi Police:

2015-1331
2014-1407
2013-1203
2012-1036
2011-900
2010-979
2009-784
2008-847
2007-768
2006-896
2005-859

5-18-2015-traffic-section

Single Vehicle Crash Closes Crosstown Expressway, Driver Flees Crash Scene

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016, 20:39
Location: 4800 block of State Highway 286

Event: Vehicle Crash With Fatal Injury
Case Number: 1609100140

Corpus Christi Police are investigating the 18th fatal injury as a result of a vehicle crash which happened on the 4800 block of the Crosstown Expressway Saturday night.

Corpus Christi Police responded to a single vehicle crash at 8:40pm on the Crosstown Expressway just south of the Golihar Exit. Officers learned that a blue 2005 Ford Explorer traveled from South Padre Island Drive on the ramp to travel north on the Crosstown Expressway toward downtown and lost control. The Officers discovered the vehicle rolled onto the roof and at least two people were ejected from the vehicle. Officers believe that a baby was ejected, but was relatively unharmed. The baby and a teenager were taken to Driscoll Children’s Hospital and their specific medical conditions are not know at the time of this post. An adult was transported to the Spohn Memorial Hospital with an unknown severity of injury by the time of this post. Officers found that a 13-year-old child was ejected and died at the scene. Officers also learned that three people, which include the operator of the vehicle, fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival.

Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Investigators responded to investigate the crash and have a witness who claimed to know the operator of the vehicle.

All northbound lanes of the Crosstown Expressway from South Padre Island Drive to Golihar were closed to traffic while the crash scene was processed by Crash Investigators and the road was still closed by the time of this post.

Anyone with any additional information about this crash should contact the Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section at 886-2600.

Corpus Christi Police Investigate 17th Fatal Traffic Crash of 2016

Date:  Saturday, August 27, 2016, 22:47
Location: 200 Block of Navigation Boulevard
Event: Vehicle Crash with fatal injury

Crash Number: C1605685/1608260155

The Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section investigated the 17th vehicle crash with a fatal injury of 2016 Saturday night. Corpus Christi Police responded to the 200 block of South Navigation Boulevard at 10:47pm in reference to a single vehicle crash.  Crash Investigators believe that a 43-year-old man and his 44-year-old wife were involved in a disturbance just south of the crash location.  Investigators believe the couple left the scene of the disturbance and travelled north on Navigation.  Investigators believe the 43-year-old man drove with the 44-year-old woman as the passenger.  Investigators believe the vehicle left the roadway to the right, struck a culvert, and flipped end over end several times.  The 43-year-old man was ejected and the 44-year-old woman was partially ejected.  Corpus Christi Fire Department Medics arrived and transported the 43-year-old man to the hospital for treatment.  The 44-year-old woman suffered at a minimum some broken bones.  Crash Investigators believe that the 43-year-old man had consumed alcoholic drinks before operating the vehicle.  Corpus Christi Crash Investigators marked, photographed, and Laser mapped the scene for their investigation.  Unfortunately, the 43-year-old man did not survive the crash. The 44-year-old woman is expected to recover. There were no other reports of property damage or injuries.