HARRIS COUNTY, TX – A woman lost her life while attempting to cross State Highway 6 in northwest Harris County on Friday night, as reported by local law enforcement. The incident took place around 11:35 p.m. in the 8900 block of State Highway 6 North. According to witnesses, the pedestrian, later identified as Lauren Goppert, had been moving northbound in an unlit area without a marked crosswalk.
Goppert was attempting to cross the road heading south when a car was driving by. The driver tried to swerve in order to avoid hitting Goppert but wasn’t successful, explained Lt. Kenneth Benoit of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Lt. Benoit said, “When (the driver) observed (Goppert), she said it was too late. She applied the brakes. There are skid marks indicating such. Unfortunately, she hit her”. The driver pulled over to the roadside and waited for law enforcement to arrive.
While stopping to evade hitting Goppert, another car was rear-ended. Lt. Benoit added, “We still suspect there could have been another vehicle that ran over (Goppert). However, they probably wouldn’t have known. Seeing these accidents, they probably thought they ran over debris.”
Emergency services pronounced Goppert dead at the scene. The driver involved in the initial collision remained at the scene and didn’t exhibit signs of impairment.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Vehicular Crimes Division is currently investigating the incident. No charges have been laid as of yet.