Deadly week along Fort Bend highways
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Road and rail traffic in Fort Bend County has been deadly over the last week.
The first deadly accident was on Tuesday afternoon shortly after 1 pm, March 26. Sugar Land Police spokesman Doug Adolph said police responded to a single vehicle accident near the intersection of Austin Parkway and Williams Trace.
When officers arrived on the scene they discovered a Ford Ranger pickup truck had careened out of control and struck a light pole and then a tree. The driver, identified as Sugar Land resident Gerald Ackerman, 66, died at the scene. His passenger was his wife, Bonnie Ackerman, also 66. She was taken to Memorial Hermann in downtown Houston where she was pronounced dead.
Adolph said the accident remains under investigation until the results of the autopsy are complete. The Ackerman’s are parents of Craig Ackerman; the voice of the Houston Rockets.
Just days later another double fatality accident occurred in Sugar Land this time on the far west side of the city at the intersection of Texas 99/Grand Parkway and US 59 near Ransom Road, just north of Richmond.
That accident occurred in the early morning hours of March 30, at 4:30 a.m. it too was a single car accident. Adolph said, “A man driving a Dodge vehicle was traveling east on the Grand Parkway when he lost control, struck a pole in the median and flipped multiple times.” He identified the driver as Mitchell Breault, 27, and the passenger as Ryan Stutes, 28, both of Houston. Adolph said The Grand Parkway was closed for approximately six hours.
This accident also remains under investigation pending results of an autopsy.
The third deadly incident last week was a train/pedestrian collision along the train tracks that join Sugar Land and Stafford. According to a Stafford spokesman, that incident occurred on Thursday, March 28, about noon.
Reportedly, a freight train traveling on the tracks adjacent to US 90A between Sugar Land and Stafford hit a pedestrian. A Stafford police sergeant said a 22 year old female walked from a tree line and onto the tracks as the train approached. This victim has been identified as Christina Littlefield of Sugar Land.
Although video footage from several different vantage points has been collected, this case also remains under investigation pending autopsy results.