Lyft passenger killed after car breaks down on Southwest Freeway – Houston Chronicle

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Police are investigating after a Houston woman was fatally struck from behind while riding in a Lyft over the weekend on Southwest Freeway.
The crash happened early Saturday morning around 3:10 a.m. after a blue Mitsubishi Lancer was traveling southbound near 4500 Southwest Freeway on South U.S. Highway 59, and experienced mechanical issues causing it to stop in a moving lane of traffic, according to the Houston Police Department.  
Police are investigating after a Houston woman was fatally struck from behind in a car accident over the weekend on Southwest Freeway.
Authorities said the Mitsubishi was then struck from behind by a gray Toyota Tundra pickup truck and fatally hit the woman identified as Misty Holley by KTRK, who was sitting in the backseat.
The KTRK report said Holley was an Uber passenger, but a spokesperson from Uber told the Chronicle that “this tragic accident doesn’t appear to be connected to Uber. I know other outlets are reporting it was an Uber. But based on information provide – we can’t confirm.”
A spokesperson from Lyft confirmed in an email Tuesday evening that the passenger was riding in a designated Lyft vehicle.
“We are heartbroken by this incident. Our hearts are with the rider’s loved ones during this incredibly difficult time, and we’ve attempted to reach out to them as well as the driver to offer our support. We stand ready to assist law enforcement however we can,” the email read.
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The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, police said, while the male driver of the Mitsubishi, 50, was transported by paramedics to a nearby hospital with broken ribs.  
The male driver of the Toyota, 30, stayed at the scene of the accident and was not injured, according to the release. After authorities evaluated him, they determined he was not impaired, the release said. No criminal charges have been filed.
Monique Welch is an engagement reporter for the Houston Chronicle.
Monique reports on the trendiest news within the greater Houston region and across Texas, and occasionally contributes to the Chronicle’s race and identity newsletter, HouWeAre. A native Baltimorean and previous Tampa resident, Monique joined the Chronicle in the summer of 2021 after nearly four years at the Tampa Bay Times where she worked on all things digital, launched the newspaper’s first race and identity newsletter, Regarding Race, and covered local news. Monique holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Media Studies from Goucher College.
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