Let me start by saying what a tragic event this is. This young woman’s life could have been spared. With that being said, in life, you make decisions, and with those decisions there are consequences.
This past week, Houston received a substantial amount of rainfall and many people had their lives wrecked, and there was nothing they could have done about it.
A 25-year-old woman lost her life because she made a poor decision. She decided to drive her SUV through water she didn’t know the depth.
City officials released a video on Wednesday afternoon showing a young woman driving around a highway barrier and into high water.
The incident occurred Monday in the early-morning hours at the eastbound Westpark Tollway exit to Post Oak. The body of 25-year-old Claudia Melgar was found on Tuesday.
The Harris County Toll Road Authority released the roadway camera footage in compliance with a Public Information Request. The footage shows Melgar’s vehicle entering the high water and becoming fully submerged.
Melgar avoided a tow truck driver blocking the Westpark Tollway exit ramp onto South Loop 610 at 6 a.m. A dashcam video at the scene shows a toll road worker chasing the SUV as it passes the barrier. Investigators estimate that Melgar drove into about 17 feet of water.