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Car runs stops sign and crashes into Halloween party, killing 1

A Halloween party turned into a real-life terror for Houston residents recently, as a car plowed into the backyard where the party was, killing one. The driver appeared to violate traffic laws before flying into the backyard. With so many children present at the party, it's fortunate that not more people were hurt in the car accident.

According to police, the man who was driving the Chevrolet Camaro ran a stop sign at a three-way intersection, after running the stop sign, the car jumped a drainage ditch before it crashed through the backyard fence. In addition to the fatality, four people were injured.

  - Article By Richard Weaver

A 34-year-old woman was killed on impact, and her 33-year-old husband, a 20-year-old woman and a 44-year-old woman were killed. Additionally, one of the adults who was struck was holding a 4-year-old girl, who was thrown through the air. The three adults all had to hospitalized and have surgery performed, while the child only sustained minor injuries.

And if this all wasn't bad enough, the driver fled the scene. According to the brother of one of the injured, no one noticed that he got out of the car and fled the scene while partygoers tried to free the victims from underneath the car.

The witness said that when partygoers first approached the car, the driver was nervously talking on his cellphone to someone. The driver needs to come forward. Now if he is apprehended, he is likely to face more severe charges than before.

This is also apparently the third time a car has run a stop sign and gone careening into that backyard. Perhaps there is something that local government officials can do to make the intersection safer, although it does not excuse the current driver's actions.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Car crashes into Halloween party, killing one," Jayme Fraser, Oct. 28, 2012

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