HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - A mother and an 8-year-old child were taken to the hospital in critical condition after a rollover crash on FM 1960 in northeast Harris County.
Initially, HCSO believed that a second car was involved in the crash and fled the scene, but now they say it appears the mother was speeding and weaving through traffic.
"She lost control of the vehicle causing it to roll over several times," Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a tweet. "At this point, we do not believe another vehicle was involved as initially believed."
The crash occurred around 7:30 a.m. Friday on FM 1960 E between First Street E and Woodland Hills. The roadway has reopened after being shut down in both directions.
Three other children in the vehicle – ages 3, 6, 7 – were reported to be stable and were being checked out.
Sheriff Gonzalez said the mother and the 8-year-old child were ejected from the vehicle. The vehicle eventually came to a stop in an embankment.
"I want to thank those bystanders that took action to assist our lieutenant that also viewed what had happened, and took action to help this family in their most traumatic moment. Too often citizens will just film and do things but not step up and actually help – they really helped to stabilize a very chaotic situation," the sheriff said.
He asked that nearby businesses check their surveillance cameras. Any drivers who may have seen something or captured video on their dashcam are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 713-221-600.