Report Provides Insight Into Houston Crash

April 14, 2009
The police report on the March 30 collision included interviews from both drivers.


What the drivers of two Houston fire trucks saw moments before they were involved in a fatal crash was released on Monday, KPRC Local 2 reported.

The police report on the March 30 collision included interviews from both drivers.

In the report, the driver of the pumper engine, Brian Edwards, said he was westbound on Westheimer Road with lights and sirens blaring.

"I'm sure my light was green on Dunlavy. The ladder truck came into the intersection with no warning. I only had a couple of feet to react. I braked and pulled left, but it was far too late. We hit the ladder truck," he told investigators.

Warren Ducote, the driver of the ladder truck, was traveling northbound on Dunlavy Street.

"I have been driving out of that same station for 27 years. When we were on Hawthorne Street, the Westheimer light was green. I did not look at the light again because I always treat that intersection the same. It is the most dangerous in my district. I slowed down and looked left and then right. I did not see anything. I hit the gas to continue north on Dunlavy. Then we got hit and rolled over. I do not know what my speed was, but it was not very fast," he said in the report.

The District Attorney's Office is waiting for the Houston Police Department to finish its report.

HPD had already determined that the ladder truck's driver failed to use due caution.

But, that does not mean criminal charges will be filed in connection with the death of 29-year-old cyclist, Leigh Boone.

"We will review it to determine if there was any criminal negligence or recklessness that caused the death of this young lady," assistant district attorney Brent Mayr said. "We're going to look at this like any other fatality accident. We're going to look to see if there's any criminal negligence or recklessness on the part of any of the drivers involved in this case."

Nine firefighters were also injured in the crash -- two seriously.

The crash resulted in more than $1.2 million in property damage.


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