Family of Tara Pines Decry Dangerous Houston Road

The curving stretch of road east of Bear Creek Pioneers Park has been notoriously dangerous claim the relatives of a woman who died in a three-vehicle collision Wednesday.

At around 5:40 p.m., a southbound blue Mustang in the 2500 block of North Eldridge Parkway, near Patterson, hydroplaned on a curve into oncoming traffic. A red Corolla hit it on the side while a red Toyota Tacoma pickup struck the rear. The pickup’s driver had intended to avoid the collision under the heavy rain, police said.

The passenger in the Corolla, 32 year-old Tara Pines, died at the scene. The Corolla driver, 40 year-old Aimee Brooks, and an unidentified 40-year-old passenger in the Mustang, were flown by helicopter to a Houston hospital where they later died.

Josh Pines said his wife was returning from a job interview and had phoned him at 5:22 pm; about 20 minutes before the accident. He only knew of his wife’s accident five hours later. The couple has two children, ages 3 and 4.

“I’ve told people who live out here, ‘If you ever go down Eldridge, stay in the right hand lane and try to go under the speed limit if you can.’” says Pines’ father, Burnie Howarth, who remembers many fatal accidents as he lived in the area for 30 years. “It’s beyond dangerous,” he adds.

On Saturday, Howarth and his wife, Dana, saw another bad accident at about 1:15 p.m. while going to get something to eat. “It had just rained a bit,” he said. “It happened right in front of us, in the same place. Someone was Life Flight-ed.”

“Even when it’s not raining, the road can be slick from oil. It’s very, very dangerous, and they need to do something about it,” he said of the road, which is in Houston but near the Harris County Line.

Information on other accidents in the 2500 block of North Eldridge Parkway could not be obtained immediately. Houston Police Department spokesman, John Cannon, said the department has investigated a number of accidents on that stretch of roadway that appeared to have been caused by excessive speed. He said the investigation continues to determine the speed of the three vehicles involved in the deadly crash.

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