Unidentified Woman, Pushed or Jumped from Moving Car on Freeway, Bayou Body Count No. 175 (UPDATED)
An argument among three people in a van barreling down the Katy Freeway Thursday night resulted in two women exiting the moving car, one with fatal injuries and one in critical condition, Houston police say.
Photo by HPD Noe Aranda faces murder charges
The identity of the woman who was killed -- she's believed to be in her 20s -- is being withheld pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
The second woman, in critical but stable condition, also has not been identified.
Police say the two women and a male were in a blue Dodge Magnum in the 24000 block of the Katy Freeway about 8:40 p.m. Thursday when an argument began.
"At some point, a weapon was produced and a woman either jumped or was pushed from the vehicle traveling....This woman was transported to the hospital," HPD says. "A second woman from the same vehicle was either pushed or jumped from the vehicle in the 24000 block of the Katy Freeway. She was struck by several vehicles and died at the scene."
Police originally investigated the incident as a traffic accident, but quickly learned what had actually happened.
"At this time, it has not been determined if either woman was shot," HPD says. "The unknown driver of the Magnum remains at large."
Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Update: Noe Aranda, 33, has been charged with murder in the case and is on the run fron HPD.