June 7, 2013
GALVESTON COUNTY - Three persons, including two police officers working off-duty providing traffic control for road crews, were injured in a three-car crash on IH-45 near Tiki Island.
Galveston County Sheriff’s deputies were called shortly before 11:00 PM Wednesday night to investigate the crash, which occurred in the 1300 block of IH-45 northbound, about one mile north of the Galveston Causeway.
Deputies learned the two officers, later identified as Courtney Banks, a Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Deputy, and James Heath, a Hempstead Police Officer, were working with a road maintenance crew along a stretch of IH-45.
Banks and Heath were both operating unmarked vehicles using emergency lights, traveling in the freeway’s center lane at the rear of the slow-moving work convoy.
A 23-year-old Friendswood woman slammed into the rear of Banks’ vehicle, causing it to strike the rear of Heath’s car, sending it into a concrete barrier.
All three persons involved in the collision were transported via ambulance to UTMB Emergency Room in Galveston. None had life-threatening injuries.
Galveston County Sheriff’s deputies are continuing their investigation into the crash and awaiting results of blood tests on the Friendswood woman.
Charges are pending completion of the investigation and subsequent review by the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office.