HOUSTON (KIAH) – Houston police have issued an official statement on the accident involving the death of a woman early Wednesday morning.

12:30 p.m. update: Houston police are investigating the fatal crash that occurred at 6000 Gulf Freeway (South Interstate Highway 45) about 5:10 a.m. today (June 15).  

The identity of the deceased female, 49, is pending notification to family members by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant D. Rodriguez and Officer C. Sartor said officers responded to a report of a female pedestrian struck by a vehicle on the freeway at the above address as she attempted to cross the northbound lanes.  The male driver, 20, of a gray Chevrolet Malibu stopped and called 911.  Paramedics pronounced the female deceased at the scene.  The driver did not show signs of intoxication.  He was questioned and released.

Further investigation revealed the female was harassing persons at a nearby restaurant.  When a Harris County Precinct 6 Deputy Constable confronted the female, she fled on foot.  The deputy constable got into his vehicle in an attempt to locate and speak with her, but was unable to find the female.  The deputy constable was alerted to the crash a short time later.

The investigation is continuing.

7:12 a.m. update: Crash cleared and all main lanes are back open

A fatal auto-pedestrian occurred around 5:30 a.m. and is blocking all main lanes inbound beginning around the South loop.

The crash is blocking all main lanes on I-45 Gulf Freeway at Telephone Road, according to Houston police. Early reports say that it may be a fatal auto-pedestrian crash that will be investigated for several hours.

Traffic Anchor Hannah Trippett has alternate lanes to take to avoid the traffic backup.