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The deadliest corner in Houston? Cars keep crashing into the Bayou at this East End spot

car crash, drowning, bayou, March 2013
A man died late Saturday night after he crashed a green Ford Ranger into the bayou on Avenue W and Cesar Chavez Boulevard.  Photo courtesy of KHOU Houston/Channel 11

A hazardous East End corner claimed its second victim in a month after a driver crashed his truck into Buffalo Bayou just west of Wayside Drive this weekend.

The Houston Police Department reports that, just after midnight on Sunday, a man was driving quickly along Cesar Chavez Boulevard. But the driver failed to see the boulevard end at Avenue W.

Neighborhood residents are asking drivers on the notoriously poorly-lit boulevard to watch their speed.

His green Ford Ranger broke through a chain-link fence, launched into the air and landed in the bayou. An HPD dive team located the vehicle and found the driver inside. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, and his identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

But in the wake a similarly fatal accident at the site last month, neighborhood residents are asking drivers on the notoriously poorly-lit boulevard to watch their speed.

“They need a dead end sign or reflectors,” area resident Ruben Zermerno tells KHOU Ch. 11. “Because obviously it seems like the road might continue.”

Houston police are investigating the crash site for further details.

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