By LeaAnne Klentzman
Two young adults are dead and another was taken to a Houston hospital in critical condition after an early morning police pursuit that ended when the driver lost control and flipped the car numerous times.
“At about 1:50 a.m., Monday, April 30, a sheriff’s office deputy saw a vehicle traveling south on Texas 99 at a high rate of speed,” said Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel. According to authorities, when the deputy fell in behind the speeding car and activated his emergency equipment, the speeding vehicle accelerated. The vehicle in question was reported to be a sports model Infinity sedan. One law enforcement source said simply, that car was fast.
The chase took place on TX 99, the Grand Parkway headed toward FM 1093 and the Westpark Toll way. As the Infinity approached FM 1093 it reportedly took a left turn and began traveling eastbound on the feeder until the driver lost control and flipped the car numerous. Haenel said the deputy lost sight of the Infinity when it turned eastbound on FM 1093 but found it shortly thereafter, wrecked near the intersection of FM 1093 and S Mason Road. According to DPS, the Infinity hit more than one curb, the driver lost control and the car left the roadway, hit a pole and rolled up to as many as 10 times. The car came to rest in the grass near a commercial area.
The driver, Juan Carlos Cordero, 25, and Elizabeth Agudelo, 21, both resided in Katy, at different addresses, were pronounced dead at the scene. According to DPS, both were still strapped in their respective seat belts in the car; Cordero behind the wheel and Agudelo in the backseat behind the driver. The front seat passenger was identified as Nancy Munguia, 20, of Houston. She was taken by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann in Houston where she was listed in critical condition.
At press time the chase was reported to have been initiated by a deputy sheriff because the Infinity was speeding then failed to stop.
The accident is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Trooper Tony Walthall is the lead investigator.
According to DPS, a blood draw was ordered from the driver to determine if alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.