Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident at 10700 South Freeway (State Highway 288) about 8:35 p.m. on Sunday.

Houston Police Officer Amado Huerta, 44, was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant C. Nickerson and Officer T. Hines reported:

Officer  Huerta was operating a maroon Honda Goldwing motorcycle and traveling northbound on the South Freeway.  The driver of a silver Pontiac Grand Am made an unsafe lane change into Huerta’s lane and struck his motorcycle, causing him to be thrown onto the roadway.

The female driver of the Grand Am was examined by an officer with the HPD DWI Task Force and was not believed to be impaired.

The investigation is continuing.

Officer Huerta was assigned to the Houston Police Department Motorcycle Solo Division. He was off duty on his personal motorcycle at the time of the crash.

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