Fatal wreck at 20000 I-45

Date of Occurance: 5/23/2015 8:00:00 AM
Type of Case: Death Due to Traffic
Case #: HC150078318
Location: 20000 Interstate 45 (North Freeway)
Complainant: Venancio Cortez Jr
Suspect/Defendant: N/A
Notification of Next of Kin: No
Person Notified: N/A
Date and Time: 5/23/2015 2:10:00 AM
Approved for Release: M. Dunn
Title: Accident Investigator
Details: On Saturday, May 23, 2015, Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a Major Motor Vehicle Crash in the 20000 block of Interstate 45, the North Freeway. During the investigation it was determined that Complainant Venancio Cortes Jr was traveling northbound in the 20000 block of Interstate 45 in a silver 2007 Chevrolet Aveo. Complainant Cortes Jr failed to drive in a single marked lane and entered into a grassy median. Entering into the median Complainant Cortes’ vehicle struck a guardrail in the front center. Complainant Cortes’ vehicle rotated clock-wise during the crash and became disabled in the number 4 lane of traffic facing westbound. While disable on the roadway, Complainant Cortes’ vehicle was struck in the left side by the front distributed of a brown 2005 Dodge Ram. The driver was later released from the scene and a passenger in the Dodge was transported to a local trauma center with unknown injuries. During this crash Complainant Cortes sustained serious bodily injuries, which ultimately caused his death. Complainant Cortes had the distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his mouth. This case remains under investigation by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Division.

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