After a 23-year-old woman was killed and her two small children injured when her SUV hit a tree, it is alleged people at the scene went into the vehicle and walked away with groceries she had just purchased.
According to Victor Senties, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department, the fatal accident occurred around 5 p.m. Wednesday. The young mother is said to have failed to yield to traffic while leaving a private drive and was travelling at a high rate of speed. Her Toyota 4Runner was clipped by a Mercedes, causing the woman to lose control of the SUV and she hit a tree. The woman was declared dead at the scene.
The mother had attended a graduation ceremony for her four-year-old son at his school, had gone shopping and then dropped off a friend. The family were on their way home when the fatal crash occurred.
Her two sons, the four-year-old and a six-year-old, were in the back seat. They both suffered broken bones but their injuries are considered to be non-life-threatening. The children were wearing seat belts but were not secured in car seats. Their mother was not wearing a seat belt.
Immediately after the accident and before first responders had a chance to get to the scene, witnesses to the accident say they saw some people take groceries out of the front seat of the vehicle that were lying next to the woman's body. The two injured children were still in the back of the SUV.
Witness Sheila Katoo said, "You see the person dead. How do you feel taking the person's groceries?"
Another unidentified witness told KTRK, "They stole groceries after she had the accident — and the kids were injured. That's very low."
Police determined the accident was the fault of the 23-year-old woman whose name has not been released. No arrests of the looters have been made.