KATY (Covering Katy News) – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim of Saturday’s horrific traffic accident where a motorist who was attempting to fix his car was catapulted off the flyover ramp from I-10 to the Grand Parkway. Julio Cortijo was the victim and landed on the service road below where he was struck a second time by another motorist. His age and community of residence were not provided in the Sheriff’s Office report.
“Cortijo was standing outside and in front of a black Chevrolet Sonic that was parked with hazard lights activated on the southbound outside shoulder of the connector ramp in the 200 block of the West Grand Parkway South,” the investigator’s report says.
The ramp connects the Katy Freeway to the southbound main lanes of the West Grand Parkway South.
“The back left wheel of the Sonic was positioned on the solid white lane line that separates the outside shoulder from the outside lane,” the report says. A female driving a gray Toyota Highlander was traveling on the southbound outside lane of the connector ramp approaching the Chevrolet Sonic.
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“The front right of the Toyota Highlander made contact with the back left of the Chevrolet Sonic. The momentum of the impact caused the Chevrolet Sonic to move forward and strike the outside concrete barrier wall and propel Julio 106 feet off the connector ramp and onto the southbound service road of the West Grand Parkway South,” the report states.
The report says the driver who struck the Sonic was not under the influence.
A motorist driving a white Chevrolet Camaro traveling on the southbound middle lane of the service road attempted to avoid striking Cortijo but he was unsuccessful.
“The front left of the Chevrolet Camaro made contact with the legs of Cortijo as he came to a rest in the southbound outside lane,” the report says.
Harris County Emergency Services District 48 Medic 1 responded and determined that Cortijo had died at the scene.
The accident remains under investigation by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Vehicular Crimes Division.