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Investigators Release Image of Vehicle Believed Involved in Saturday’s Fatal Hit & Run

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015, 21:06
Location: 7500 South Padre Island Drive

Offense: Hit & Run with Fatal Injury
Case Number: 1510110004

Corpus Christi Police Crash Investigators have released video they obtained today which show a vehicle Investigators believe was involved in the Hit & Run crash Saturday night on the 7500 block of South Padre Island Drive which left a 21-year-old woman dead.

Investigators have the cooperation of nearby businesses to gain access to video surveillance in the area of the hit & run crash. Investigators obtained video from a business which shows a white sport utility vehicle pass in front of the business at 9:06pm with aftermarket black rims that has front end damage. Investigators believe the vehicle is a Toyota Four Runner. Investigators are viewing more video to determine the path of the vehicle such as if the vehicle entered the freeway, remained on the access road, or turned at an intersection.

Investigators ask the public for help to speed up the process to locate this vehicle and identify the driver. Anyone who can locate the vehicle or has any additional information about this crash, call the Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section at 886-2600 or call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477). Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Woman Dies In Head On Collision on Harbor Bridge

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 19:33
Location: State Highway 181 at Belden (Harbor Bridge)
Offense: Intoxicated Manslaughter
Case Number: 1509220149

A woman died in a head on collision on the Harbor Bridge Tuesday night.

Corpus Christi Police responded to a vehicle crash on the southbound lanes of the Harbor Bridge at 7:30pm Tuesday night. Officers learned a Chevy Silverado pickup entered the Harbor Bridge in the wrong direction to travel north in the southbound lanes. Officers learned the truck was involved in a head on crash with a Nissan Xterra on the overpass over Belden Street. Officers believe a white Toyota Corolla was also somehow involved in the crash. The woman who operated the Nissan Xterra and the 48-year-old man who operated the Silverado were taken to the hospital for treatment for their injuries. The woman did not survive her injuries and the 48-year-old man is believed to have non-life threatening injuries. Officers believe the 29-year-old man who operated the Corolla suffered minor injuries.

Officers uncovered information that leads them to believe that the 48-year-old man who operated the Silverado had consumed alcohol and an investigation began to determine if the 48-year-old man was intoxicated. The 48-year-old man was admitted to the hospital for treatment. If Officers believe that it is more likely than not that the 48-year-old man was intoxicated, then the 48-year-old man will be accused of intoxicated manslaughter.

The Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section responded to the crash to gather information and evidence. The southbound lanes of the Harbor Bridge were closed at about 7:45 and all traffic which travelled from Portland to downtown Corpus Christi was directed to the Port Exit at the south end of the Harbor Bridge and the road continues to be closed as of 10:45pm.

The Southbound Lanes of the Harbor Bridge were directed to the Port Exit Image from its.txdot.gov
The Southbound Lanes of the Harbor Bridge were directed to the Port Exit
Image from its.txdot.gov

First Friday Fun Fact

The Corpus Christi Police Department has a campaign called “First Friday Fun Fact” that will focus on different Texas traffic laws.  It will run on the first Friday of each month. Here is this months traffic fact.

Move minor accidents out of traffic

Have you ever been caught in a traffic jam only to find that it was caused by a minor crash blocking a lane?  Maybe you’ve thought to yourself, “there oughta be a law…”  Well, there is.  The law requires that anyone involved in an accident not obstruct traffic any more than is necessary.  The law even specifically requires that, if an accident occurs on a freeway or freeway ramp in a metropolitan area and all involved vehicles can be safely driven, the motorists involved must move their vehicles off of the freeway immediately.  This is to help prevent a traffic hazard and resulting congestion which, besides unnecessarily delaying others, also increases the likelihood of other accidents.  Many people think that their insurance won’t cover them if they move their cars from the scene before the police arrive, but this is absolutely false.  The police and insurance adjustors can usually determine what happened from the stories of those involved and the damage to the vehicles.  Besides, in the case of most accidents, you legally don’t even need to have the police come to the scene.  But if you’re worried, then quickly snap some pictures of the scene and vehicles with your cell phone camera before you move.

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Texas Transportation Code 550.022 – ACCIDENT INVOLVING DAMAGE TO VEHICLE

 the operator of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in damage to a vehicle that is driven or attended by a person shall:

(1) Immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close as possible to the scene of the accident without obstructing traffic more than is necessary;

(b) If an accident occurs on a main lane, ramp, shoulder, median, or adjacent area of a freeway in a metropolitan area and each vehicle involved can be normally and safely driven, each operator shall move the operator’s vehicle as soon as possible to a designated accident investigation site, if available, a location on the frontage road, the nearest suitable cross street, or other suitable location to complete the requirements of Section 550.023 and minimize interference with freeway traffic.

Failure to move your vehicle out of the traffic lanes could result in you receiving a citation for this violation with fines up to $500.

Friday Fun Fact

The Corpus Christi Police provides information about the Texas Transportation Code as a Friday Fun Fact as a public education campaign.

Sometimes Officers find vehicles, particularly motorcycles, parked in an area of a parking lot that is painted with yellow strips. These “zones” or “architectural improvements” are specifically marked to prohibit vehicles from parking in that location. Such markings most often are to provide an area for handicapped accessibility, either next to the parking space or the end of a sidewalk ramp so that wheelchairs have room to navigate. Don’t park in those areas with the stripes as that can get you the most expensive parking ticket issued by law enforcement, a Handicapped Parking violation.

The Texas Transportation Code section 681.011 (c) states the prohibition as; “(c) A person commits an offense if the person stands a vehicle so that the vehicle blocks an architectural improvement designed to aid persons with disabilities, including an access aisle or curb ramp.”

Most importantly, when you park your vehicle, provide some room and courtesy for those who need it.

The Texas Transportation Code Section 681.011 prohibits parking in architectural improvements such as a painted zone to allow handicap accessibility.
The Texas Transportation Code Section 681.011 prohibits parking in architectural improvements such as a painted zone to allow handicap accessibility.

Truck Strikes Man On Bike On Agnes Street

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 16:57
Location: 3100 Agnes Street
Event: Vehicle Crash
Crash Number: C1501470

A 56-year-old man died as a result of a vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on the 3100 block of Agnes Street.

Corpus Christi Police responded to a report of a vehicle crash at 4:57pm. Corpus Christi Police learned that a 24-year-old man drove a Chevy Silverado east on the 3100 block of Agnes Street at a little before 5pm. Officers believe the 56-year-old man rode a bicycle east on Agnes on the sidewalk and then turned the bicycle into the road to cross one vacant lane of travel into the interior lane of travel when the bike was struck by the Silverado.

The 56-year-old man was taken to the hospital by ambulance but the 56-year-old man did not survive his injuries. The Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section responded to gather information and evidence from the scene in order to determine the exact sequence of events. Investigators are working to identify the 56-year-old man with certainty and then notify the next of kin. Investigators will also attempt to determine where the man was traveling from and the man’s destination. Investigators would like any information from the public that may aid this investigation. Investigators do not anticipate the 24-year-old man will receive any citations or criminal charges related to this crash unless new information surfaces which would make any charges appropriate. Anyone with additional information about this crash should contact the Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section at 886-2600.

Man Dies Crossing Waldron Road

Date: Friday, September 12, 2013, 22:00
Location: Waldron Road at Castle Park
Event: Vehicle Crash with Fatal Injuries
Crash Number: C1403670

A 57-year-old man died after he was struck by a vehicle on Waldron Road at Castle Park Friday night. Corpus Christi Police responded to a vehicle crash with a pedestrian at 11:00pm Friday night and learned that a 65-year-old man drove a 2001 Lincoln 4 door sedan north on Waldron and struck the 57-year-old man. The 57-year-old man was taken to the Spohn Memorial Hospital by ambulance for treatment of major injuries to his lower extremities, but did not survive his injuries. Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Investigators responded and gathered information and evidence to reconstruct the crash. Officers did not issue citations or effect any arrests. Investigators say they have not discovered any indication that alcohol or narcotics consumption was a contributing factor to the crash, but the investigation continues. Anyone with additional information about the crash should call the Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section at 886-2600.

Traffic Safety Section Announces Intoxicated Driving Statistics

The Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section released the year to date statistics for criminal complaints for Intoxicated Driving on May 14, 2014.

The Corpus Christi Police Department had arrested 557 people for Driving While Intoxicated or Driving Under the Influence from January 1st to May 14, 2014 which is a 36% increase from the same time last year. The Corpus Christi Police Department had arrested 409 people for intoxicated driving offenses by the same time last year and had a total of 1,203 arrests for intoxicated driving offenses for all of 2013; an all time record high quantity for the Corpus Christi Police Department. The Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section further reported the following data:

 

557         Arrests for Driving While Intoxicated as of 5/14/2014

3              Arrests for Driving Under the Influence as of 5/14/2014

189         Suspects consented to give a sample of their breath

145         Suspects consented to give a sample of their blood

218         Suspects refused to give a sample of breath or blood and a search warrant was obtained

8              Suspects refused both blood and breath request, and no evidence was obtained.

60           Felony DWI cases. 29 for DWI with two or more prior convictions

12 for intoxicated assault

11 DWI with Child Passenger

1 intoxicated manslaughter

.17          Average Breath /Blood results from suspects

(.08 is the standard by face value that a person is intoxicated).

 

141         DWI arrest were involved in Traffic Crashes

CCPD Conducts Speed Enforcement Operation

On 1 Aug 2013 Officers assigned to the Traffic Division conducted a speed enforcement operation on State Highway 181 near the Harbor Bridge and State Highway 358 (S.P.I.D.).

During the operation officers stopped 114 vehicles and issued citations for 153 violations. Of those 153 violations, 95 were for speeding.  10 were for speeding, in excess of 20 mph over the posted speed limit, with the fastest speed being 86 mph in a 55 mph zone.

13 of the speeding citations met the criteria for aggressive driving under the Operation S.A.D. initiative. 

The Traffic Safety Division will continue to conduct speed enforcement operations throughout the city.